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Jan Andrews

As a storyteller and author of books for young people, Jan traveled the world. She told stories for twenty years and more, appearing in festivals and concerts across the country and beyond, and was a regular teller on the Ottawa scene. Her aim was to touch audiences deeply with performances that stir the soul. She produced complete tellings of The Iliad and The Odyssey with others, directed storytelling series and managed the StorySave project to record the voices of storytelling elders. She was the co-founder of 2 women productions (2wp), a company devoted to bringing ever more storytelling to adult audiences. Career highlight: two weeks as a storyteller at Midsumma. Celebrating Queer Culture in Melbourne, Australia. Books include: Rude Stories, Winter of Peril, Stories at the Door and Very Last First Time.

Very Last First Time
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

Eva, an Inuit girl, lives in northern Canada. In the winter, her people search for mussels along the bottom of the seabed. Although Eva has often joined her mother on these searches, today is the very first day she's climbing down through the ice hole by herself. This is a unique experience for young listeners and a great introduction to another culture.

Educator Information
Curriculum Connections: Science, Social Studies, Geography

Recommended Ages: 5-9

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