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What's My Superpower? (English)

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Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours), and friends who are better than her at a million other things. Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. But then her mom shows Nalvana t ...more
Hardcover, 29 pages
Published June 21st 2017 by Inhabit Media
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Betsy
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I credit Booger Beard.

I will explain.

While many children’s librarians will tell you that they have strived to make their book collections diverse and inclusive, they have always been hampered by what was being published in a given year. Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to fun and funny books. Since #ownvoices and diversity are serious topics, they have been treated with great care and respect by authors and illustrators over the years. But as with anything, if you hand children
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Barbara
In this reassuring book featuring a young Inuk girl, readers will find plenty with which to relate. Nalvana loves the idea of superheroes and is curious about what superpower she might have. As she goes about her days, she identifies the special talents or powers of those around her and wonders if she might have some of those. Some of her friends are able to run swiftly, almost fly in their swings, and carve beautiful ice sculptures, but Nalvana can do none of these. After spending so long tryin ...more
Aaron
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story quite a bit. It has interesting illustrations, and it is a realistic, yet humourous story. I wondered as I read if the number of words per page were too high for the students that I would think are most likely to sign it out (gr. K-2).

While playing and attending school in her small town, which I think is in Iqaluit, Nalvanna notices some of the abilities of her friends and believes they have superpowers. She spends much of the book trying to find her own superpower.

In the c
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Chinook
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canada, kids
I really love the way this book normalizes life in the Arctic - it’s clear from the details that she lives up north, but it’s not blatantly stated. I also liked the way the main character connects the idea of superheroes with superpowers with talents and special skills.

I admit, I wish the little girl had found a special skill of her own that was as quirky as some of her friends’ were, like holding her breath longest underwater or swinging so high it was like flying. As sweet as the idea of bein
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Kathy
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nalvana is on the look out for superpowers, and she keeps finding it in others, but what about her own? This is a great kid-believable story of finding out what you're good at all on its own, but is even better because of the setting: it is set in the far north "where the winter is always longer than summer", with occasional Inuk words thrown in (a short glossary is included). ...more
Elizabeth
What's My Superpower? is a genuinely delightful read. I've read a lot of Inhabit Media content, it's generally pretty great, and this is no exception.

Aviaq Johnston tells the story of a young girl named Nalvana living in the Arctic in a small town who is convinced superpowers are one hundred percent real. Her mother never tries to stimy that belief, Nalvana just goes about trying to figure out what her superpower is. She sees all of her friends with superpowers (running fast and sculpting and a
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Michelle (FabBookReviews)


What's My Superpower?, written by author Aviaq Johnston (Those Who Run in the Sky) and illustrated by Tim Mack, is an utterly charming, wonderfully optimistic story about one young girl's search for her superpower and what happens along her journey.

The picture book centers around Nalvana who wears "a yellow cape made from a blanket and a pair of snowmobiling goggles resting on her head" everywhere she goes. A seemingly adventurous, buoyant person, Nalvana wonders about the possible answer to a r
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Storywraps
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nelvana is a sweet, feisty young girl who lives in a small village in the Arctic with her mother. Every day she dons her cape and some rustic snowmobiling goggles and transforms into a super hero. But wait... superheroes have magical powers don't they? Nelvana can't pinpoint what power she possesses. What's hers she ponders?

She envies her friends Davidee who "can run faster than a Ski-Doo, Maata who swings so high she can almost fly up to the the sky and Adamie who can hold his breath underwate
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Amy
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I really like the concept of this book, that every child has a special skill or "superpower" to share with the world. I also liked the inclusion of Inuktitut words and the glossary for them in the back, however I felt that more context was needed -- I started to realize that the characters were Inuit based on the inclusion of these words as well as some of the character names, but I don't feel that kids would make this connection on their own. If I get a chance to read a story to myself before s ...more
Storytime With Stephanie
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many superheroes have alter egos, the people they are when they are not out fighting evil. That is how we know superheroes but what if their superpowers were out in the open for everyone to see. What if everyone knew they were superheroes and they were celebrated for it?

In What's My Superpower by Aviaq Johnston and Tim Mack, Nalvana recognizes superpowers in all of her friends. There's Davidee with super speed and Maata who can fly so high she reaches the clouds, and Joanasie who has the power
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Caitlin
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life
This book is appropriate for grade levels Pre K-1. In the book, Nalvana questions whether or not she could have super powers. Nalvana feels that everyone around her has superpowers because they are good at things, but she doesn't know her superpower. Nalvana's mother tells her that her superpower is making people feel good about themselves. Nalvana then discovers her superpower. I personally love this book as it teaches children that everyone can have superpower or be good at something that othe ...more
Beleden V
Some things I loved:

1. The names! As a librarian at very white schools filled with kids named Logan and Addison and Mikayla, it was nice to see the diversity of the characters portrayed so completely, right down to names like Maata, Davidee, Adamie, Joanasie, and, of course, Nalvana. I also appreciated the use of some Inuktitut words, though I feel like I failed in drawing attention and explaining them to my audience.

2. Of course, Nalvana's revelation about her own superpower was excellent and d
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Molly
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, listened-to
Nalvana feel like her friends all have some type of superpower. One can run fast, one can swing high and another can build things. She thinks she might be the only one without a superpower. Her mother helps her see that she actually does have a superpower that she had along. I really enjoyed this lovely story about building each other up and learning to appreciate ones own skills. I also like that it features a girl living in the arctic without being about living in the arctic.

I sought this book
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Kelsey
Age: Kindergarten-2nd grade
Identity, Author and characters: Inuit
Identity, Illustrator: Canadian

A friendly, adventurous girl named Nalvana is on the hunt for her superpower. She is always quick to recognize and celebrate the superpower talents of all her friends but can't seem to identify her own until her mother tells her the positive effect that her kind words have on her friends.

Lots of dialogue, an upbeat tempo, and bold illustrations make this a winner for reading aloud to an early elementa
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Gracie Pearson
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet story that I feel a lot of young children can relate too. The illustrations and world choice made this book easy to read and stay engaged with. I especially loved how the setting and culture of Nalvana because I have never seen a book that had a such a dual area as the main setting. Not only will this book make any classroom library more inclusive and diverse but it can also be a book every students can identify with at the same time.
Sheri
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Nalvana an Inuk girl from Canada wants to find her superpower that makes her special among the children in her small town. She tries a number of adventures and watches as other classmates do things that she believes make them special (flying, race fast, carving ,swimming, and Nalvana is still searching until her mother asks her to think what her power is and she does.
Kevin W
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Points for the casual diversity in the book, but otherwise average. The book spends a long time on its message and a limited amount of time on its story. Bigger questions are lurking between the lines of the text, though not in the otherwise pleasant artwork and are not explored with much depth at all. Kids can handle more.
Barbra
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Nalvana thinks all her friends have superpowers, super speeds, and super skills and encourages them to be the best. However when she thinks about herself she wonders if she has anything special. Her mom reminds her that she is always good at making her friends feel better.
Sheri Radford
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells a sweet tale about a girl trying to figure out what she's good at. My one small quibble is that she doesn't try anything for very long before giving up and moving on to something else. ...more
Celeste
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A sweet book, but I think that in reality a child who runs around with a cape and believes (or imagines) that her friends can fly and run with super speed is unlikely to think "making people feel good about themselves" is a super power. ...more
AbsentLibrarian
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Perfect for helping kids realize their own individual superpowers and encouraging them to lift up and encourage one another in their unique talents and abilities. Could lead easily into an activity for displaying their own activity thorough art or a green screen picture.
Sasha Boersma
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Must read for my CHLD students and alumni! Such a cute book about finding what makes you special. I love that such an everyday challenge for children was placed in Nunavut with Inuit context.

Lovely story, beautiful illustrations.
Mary Lee
Inuk author. Story set in the far north.
Kelly
A little girl is discovering that many of her friends have "superpowers." She wonders what hers is. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Nalvana worries she may be the only kid in town without a superpower, but her mom shows that she is unique and special and that her superpower was in front of her all along.
Sarah
Really sweet story about finding your strengths, beautiful illustrations. Native author who uses her native language in the text (glossary of terms in back). Wonderful little gem of a book.
Mary Mackie
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delightful! I loved it. I want to be like Nalvana!
Steve Garvin
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Really fun book with an uplifting message. The illustrations are wonderful, too.
Miss Sarah
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Thumper spends the day with his family playing in the leaves and meeting other animal friends. board book form and simple neough for toddlers
Randi
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful little story about kindness and friendship, set in a far north Inuktitut community. An excellent window into a community different from my own.
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Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. Her debut novel Those Who Run in the Sky was released in the spring of 2017. In 2014, she won first place in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition for her short story “Tarnikuluk,” which also earned her a Governor General’s History Award. Aviaq is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and she has a diploma in Social Service Work fro ...more

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