When I Was Eight

Written by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Heartbreaking, yet heartwarming tale of a little girl who just wants to learn to read. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Born with the Inuit name Olemaun, forced to change her name to Margaret by the nuns that run the indigenous school, they cut off her braids and demeaned her in everyway they could. But despite all that they tried to do to her, she worked hard to rise up and prove that she was brave and strong and she could read.

Reviewed by Nanette Warr, Librarian, Monroe Elementary
Review shared in September 2021
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 1-4

When I Was Eight
Written by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Annick Press
32 pages
Release Date: April 15, 2013
ISBN: 9781554514915

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