Fatty legs : a true story
Image © 2010 Liz Amini-Holmes. Reproduced by permission of Annick Press.

Fatty legs : a true story
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

Book > Children's Book, Biography
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret-Olemaun, Jordan-Fenton, Christy
Amini-Holmes, Liz
"Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools.

At school Margaret soon encounters the Raven, a black-cloaked nun with a hooked nose and bony fingers that resemble claws. She immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless Raven gives gray stockings to all the girls — all except Margaret, who gets red ones. In an instant Margaret is the laughingstock of the entire school.

In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. Although a sympathetic nun stands up for Margaret, in the end it is this brave young girl who gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity.

Complemented by archival photos from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s collection and striking artworks from Liz Amini-Holmes, this inspiring first-person account of a plucky girl’s determination to confront her tormentor will linger with young readers"--publisher.

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9781554512461; 1554512468; 9781554512478; 1554512476
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© 2010 Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan-Fenton (text), © 2010 Liz Amini-Holmes (art), published by Annick Press Ltd. All rights reserved.


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