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Kim Smith

Kim Smith has worked in magazines, advertising, animation, and children’s gaming. She studied illustration at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, where she currently resides.

A Ticket Around the World
Authors:
Natalia Diaz
Melissa Owens
Artists:
Kim Smith
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

Take a tour of thirteen fascinating countries in this introduction to cultures around the world.

Join a young boy as he hops around the globe, visiting friends in 13 different countries spanning all 6 populated continents. Along the way, he introduces us to each friend’s environment and customs, and shares interesting facts about each country’s culture, language, food, geography, wildlife, landmarks and more. Each country has a dedicated spread with a small map that shows geography and landmarks, letting readers imagine they are traveling, too. The format makes it easy to spot similarities and differences between countries.

This informational picture book brings engaging nonfiction content to younger readers by showing them how other children just like them live around the world. Playful, realistic illustrations done with stylized realism lend warmth and whimsy to the book, making each locale feel welcoming. A Ticket Around the World will leave readers feeling like they’ve toured the globe without ever having left home.

Reviews
"The format easily invites comparisons and contrasts, and thought-provoking questions at the end will encourage additional critical thinking." — Booklist

"An excellent resource." – Canadian Children's Book News

"Facts are incorporated into the page seamlessly, like a conversation between friends." — Canadian Review of Materials

"The book's inviting design resembles a scrapbook, with small, fact-filled vignettes sprinkled across the pages... will undoubtedly inspire young armchair travelers." — The National Reading Campaign

Educator Information
Reading Level: Grades 2-5
Fountas & Pinnell: O
Lexile Measure: 1G840L

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts (Reading comprehension, understanding of informational texts); Social Studies (Heritage and Identity; Traditions and Celebrations; World Connections; Communications Around the World)

Key Features of this work:

  • Excellent introduction to the diversity of our world.
  • Each country is explored as if the reader is visiting a child who lives there.
  • Individual maps showcase each country, while a world map at the beginning of the book gives a global view of where each country is located.
  • Includes a brief quiz about the countries visited.

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.00" x 9.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$9.95

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Kaugjagjuk
Artists:
Kim Smith
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

The legend of Kaugjagjuk--a mistreated orphan who gains the strength to stand up for himself with a little help from the Man of the Moon--is a traditional Inuit tale told throughout the Arctic.

Re-imagined for modern audiences by emerging Inuit writer Marion Lewis, and brought to life by Kim Smith's beautiful illustrations, this version of the Kaugjagjuk story gives young readers a chance to experience this traditional tale that has been carefully passed from storyteller to storyteller for generations.

Additional Information
40 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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Authentic Indigenous Text
$13.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series Big Book: The Raven and the Loon
Artists:
Kim Smith
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 2;

Raven and Loon once had pure white feathers. How did they come to look so different?

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. The Raven and the Loon is a Level 10 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. The Raven and the Loon's F&P Level is I.

This is a Big Book. Its large print and colourful, large images make it ideal for read-alouds and shared readings.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

Additional Information
32 pages | 18.00" x 14.40"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$24.95

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The Raven and the Loon Inuktitut Edition
Artists:
Kim Smith
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

In the time before animals were as they are today, Raven and Loon were both white. Their feathers had no colour at all. Raven spent his days swooping through the sky trying to fight off his incessant boredom, while loon spent her days in her iglu working away on her sewing. One day, too bored to even fly, Raven visited Loon and suggested a sewing game that would give their feathers some much-needed colour. The results—not at all what the two birds expected—led to Raven and Loon acquiring their now-familiar coats.
This whimsical retelling of a pan-Arctic traditional story features lively, colourful illustrations from Kim Smith.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$9.95

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