Written By: Suzie Napayok-Short
Illustrated by: Tamara Campeau
For Ages: 6-12 years
Language: English & Inuktitut (glossary, pronunciation guide & tips included)
Topics Covered: Nature, First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Family, Own Voices.
This hefty book is a really unique mix of family history and nature knowledge, following a young girl named Akuluk visiting her family in Nunavut and going on a boat ride.
I love the way this book blends Inuktitut and cultural knowledge into the story seamlessly, teaching words and traditions to the reader as the story progresses. Reverence and appreciation for nature is at the forefront of this tale, and the book is very text-heavy making it perfect for older readers.
Readers learn all about different arctic aquatic animals, and how they fit into the delicate ecosystem of Nunavut. Akukluk and her family use Inuktitut vocabulary for the animals, making it a valuable resource for readers. In the back is a glossary and pronunciation guide, which I found particularly helpful.
Suzie Napayok-Short is a residential school survivor who works with residential school survivors as an interpreter and guide, helping survivors navigate through the legal process. Wild Eggs was Suzie’s first book for children.
Tamara’s illustration journey began at Dawson College where she earned her associates degree in Illustration and Design. Shortly after, she furthered her studies at Sheridan College, where she attained her Illustration Bachelor’s degree with honours.
Tamara works digitally to bring stories to life through her painterly illustrations. Her work has a strong sense of lighting and vibrant colour palettes, along with dynamic compositions. She loves creating endearing characters with a strong sense of personality and emotions. Her work is inspired by wildlife, children, and the environments they reside in. She uses this inspiration to add a layer of realism to her illustrations.
When she’s not at her desk, she can be found breaking a sweat at the local gym or exploring nature with her standard poodle, Peanut.
Tamara Campeau is an illustrator living in Port-Cartier in northern Quebec.