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Fatty Legs
Fatty Legs: A True Story | Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
This book chronicles the unbreakable spirit of an Inuit girl while attending an Arctic residential school.
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Aimeesue
Fatty Legs: A True Story | Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
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Middle grade book about an Inuit girl who longs to go off to a residential school so she can learn to read. It includes some wonderful pictures of the author and her family, but the sheer cruelty she is targeted with is astounding. A child - targeted! By Nuns!! I continue to be amazed at the awfulness of some humans.

LeahBergen Yes, this was a brutal read. 😢 2d
Aimeesue @LeahBergen It's hit me in the past few years, as First Nation people in Canada have raised so much awareness of the abusive "Indian schools," that they were all over the US as well, yet there's not nearly as much knowledge of them here. We Americans do like to keep our skeletons in the closet, literally in this case. ☹️ 2d
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shawnmooney
Fatty Legs: A True Story | Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
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SassenachTheBookWizard
Fatty Legs: A True Story | Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
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It's definitely a lot lighter with the details than some other stories I read and heard but it's a great way to introduce and explain this part of history to kids without scaring them.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
Fatty Legs: A True Story | Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
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Uhhhh God. I just know I'm gonna hate humans by the end of this book

elizabethlk SUCH a good book. The sequel and picture book adaptations are great too. Residential School system was an absolute disgrace and travesty. 5y
SassenachTheBookWizard @elizabethlk oh it's horrifying. The Alberta government started funding access to libraries last year so part of my job is training staff and OMG there's so much we don't know and SOOOOOOOO many white people who say "well they should just get over the residential school thing. It was so long ago" *face palm* *bangs head off desk repeatedly* 5y
KarynGood Have added this one to my wish list! 5y
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elizabethlk
Fatty Legs: A True Story | Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
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Fatty Legs is a children's chapter book that tells the true story of Olemaun Pokiak as she attended residential school in the far north of Canada. Honest, brutal, touching, and all told in a way that makes the trauma understandable for younger readers. The art is also pretty incredible.

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olyvianne
Fatty Legs: A True Story | Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
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This is a memoir of the first two years spent at a residential school in the Arctic. Books like this should be mandatory for all Canadians.

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BookishTrish
Fatty Legs: A True Story | Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
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For #Setinaschool I choose this story of a feisty young girl with a thirst for books and her experiences at a residential school with shades of Alice in Wonderland #booktober

BookInMyHands I just started reading this today, I'm glad you liked it! 6y
LeahBergen I liked it, too. 6y
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