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Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews
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Very Last First Time (1985)

by Jan Andrews, Ian Wallace (Illustrator)

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Very First Last Time relates a tale about how a Intuit girl learns to go under the sea ice at low tide and collect mussel shells.
  wunderlong88 | Sep 12, 2018 |
An Intuit girl gains courage by participating in her village's custom of walking on the bottom of the frozen ocean to collect mussels.

Jan Andrews was born in England and moved to Canada as a young woman where she wrote several children's book. She won numerous awards for her writing, including the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize. She travelled the world to collect folklore tales and produced two volumes of these tales.

Ian Wallace "attended the Ontario College of Art and has written and illustrated several hugely successful books that have won him many awards. He was Canada’s nominee for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award."
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  uufnn | Aug 11, 2018 |
such beautiful and imaginative illustrations. The ice and snow is beautiful drawn and shown in all their colours ( )
  trisweather | Jan 10, 2013 |
Eva is going to walk on the bottom of the sea by herself for the very first time.
The gorgeous illustrations catch the eye first with this book. They radiate the cold and light on Northern Canada exquisitely. The text also draws the reader in because most of us don't understand what "walking on the bottom of the sea means, much less want to do it by ourselves. When Eva climbs down the hole into an under-ice world the text and pictures work together to really bring the reader somewhere new.
This is a lovely book, and I would recommend it for any elementary or public library, particularly if the library has no other books featuring Inuits. ( )
  emithomp | Nov 2, 2009 |
One of the first books I read on my own. I remember it as being very thrilling, but apart from that it is about collecting something from underneath the ice during low tide, I do not remember much.
  www.snigel.nu | Aug 19, 2007 |
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Eva Padlyat lived in a village on Ungava Bay in northern Canada.
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Eva lives in an Inuit village in northern Canada. In the winter, people search along the bottom of the seabed beneath a thick shelf of ice for mussels to eat. Eva usually helps her mother, but for the first time, she’s going to go by herself. She soon gathers a pan full of mussels. But then, her candle goes out, and the tide threatens to return! When she is finally safe with her mother, Eva proclaims, “That was my very last first time walking alone on the bottom of the sea.” An ALA Notable Children’s Book, Very Last First Time comes from one of Canada's most distinguished storytellers and an award-winning illustrator.

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In search of mussels while the tide is out, an Inuit girl walks alone beneath the ice of the frozen ocean, knowing she will never do it-for the first time-again.

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