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Baseball Bats for Christmas

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Never having seen trees, the children in Repulse Bay decide that the funny things delivered to them one year for Christmas must actually be for making baseball bats.
Published May 1st 1990 by Annick Press
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In this rather text-heavy autobiographical picture book, the author relates how in 1955, when the small Inuit community of Recluse Bay receives some Christmas trees, no one knows what to do with them (there being no trees in that area of the Arctic, and thus no tradition of putting up and decorating a tree for Christmas). What the Recluse Bay children finally decide to do with the trees is both innovative and amusing, and might actually be regarded as a possible idea for recycling and reusing Ch ...more
Jun 22, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Gundula--thank you!
I love that I read this book on the Summer Solstice, haha! But, the timing was actually really perfect as I recently returned from a trip to Alaska where I enjoyed learning about the native tribes. Although this book features an Inuit tribe of Canada there are many similarities Alaska's Inupiat and Yup'ik peoples.

I read this book thanks to my GoodReads friend Gundula (I'm so grateful!) who said in her excellent review, "'Baseball Bats for Christmas' is definitely meant for older children, as th
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Nov 30, 2012 Heather Pearson rated it it was amazing

Baseball Bats for Christmas is unlike any Christmas story I have read before. It is set in Canada's far north in the community of Repulse Bay, which is situated on the Arctic Circle. Time, 1955.

Christmas in Repulse Bay is celebrate in church with family and friends. Gifts are not bought, they are given from the heart. Supplies that can't be found on the land or sea, are flown in by the Hudson's Bay Company. This year, the pilot brought six trees, which the children had never seen before. Trees
I like this story of the Eskimo culture. It says it takes place in 1955, so they are telling a story of the past. It might be a good lesson on past, present, and future. It also has some geography in it.
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