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How I Survived: Four Nights on the Ice

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  47 reviews
After his snowmobile breaks down halfway across the sea ice on a trip back from a fishing camp, Serapio Ittusardjuat recounts the traditional skills and knowledge he leaned on to stay alive.

This harrowing first-person account of four nights spent on the open sea ice—with few supplies and no water—shows young readers the determination and strength necessary to survive in t
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Inhabit Media
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Chad
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
A short, harrowing tale of how an Inuit man was able to keep himself alive for 4 days while stranded on the sea ice in Baffin Bay. He details how he remembers what he was taught as a child to survive the severe cold. It's a quick and interesting read.

Received a review copy from Inhabit Media and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This had a really neat premise and it was interesting to see insight into this setting, but I knew going into it that it felt a little worrisome that the book was only 48 pages, and I was right to be concerned. It's so short that nothing really happens, and there's so little text on each page that it makes this issue even more prominent. Altogether, I was sadly bored and ready for it to end even with how short it was.

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange f
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Neha
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5

Serapio Ittusardjuat is on his regular trip from the back from the fishing camp with the unexpected happened. His snowmobile is broken and he is miles away from his home. Out in the cold Arctic winder, he must collect his hope and survive. This is a story about how he lasts four nights.

I really like the concept and the lesson it is trying to teach its readers but I think due it being so short it skims through a lot of it. We are shown his survival skills and told he was taugh by his elders b
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Bonnie DeMoss
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a short graphic novel of how the author, Serapio Ittussardjuat, an Inuit man, survived four days stranded on the ice when his snowmobile broke down. The author stresses the survival skills that he had been taught by others and show how they saved his life. It brings to mind the importance of sharing your knowledge with and teaching others. You never know how much it might help them in the future. I also enjoyed the illustrations of Matthew Hoddy. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.
Karly
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quick read that reminds us to remember our roots :)
Kelly Winters
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
I enjoyed the art style of this graphic novel. The story itself was a bit too simplistic. It is meant for children, but I have read many children's books and this was still more simple than I would prefer for my child's library. What I did like was that it was a setting and event (survival in extreme cold temperatures) that most children wouldn't have experienced, so it would be a good book to expose kids to those potentially new experiences.

I was given an advanced copy of this book for review f
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
This graphic novel tells the true story of how the author survived on the Artic ice without any supplies or water when his snowmobile broke down. He knew survival techniques like melting ice for drinking water, and how to keep his clothing dry to ward off hypothermia. Using all his knowledge and skills to endure the harshest cold, he lives through the days and nights until a rescue party can find him.

I was impressed with this story of courage and endurance! I loved the way the narrator tells the
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Joy
May 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m not certain of the intended audience for this one, but it misses the mark for any that come to mind. It is too basic and lacks detail that a teen or adult reader would want, and the vocabulary is too advanced in many places for younger readers. The illustrations are nicely done. I could see the book as the script and visual aids for a presentation for older children in which the author could stop along the way for questions and explanations. Otherwise, it just seems to fall through the crack ...more
Marta Ilieva
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ittusardjuat’s How I Survived Four Nights on the Ice serves as a good reminder about what to do when stranded in the wilderness as the short graphic novel is equipped with survival skills passed by indigenous people. Because of its simplistic overview of the survival skills and its short length (literally 26 pages on the computer), I think this graphic novel is best suited for young children. Thank you NetGalley and publisher for this eARC. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own ...more
Kelly Long
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a short graphic novel with pretty good illustrations. There really wasn't much to the story. I was expecting a bit more depth and information on how he survived four nights on the ice. Overall, this was just so so.
Sarah Valerie
How I Survived is a short but interesting true story of Serapio Ittusardjuat, an Inuit man who had to survive for four nights on his broken-down snowmobile, trying to keep himself alive until rescue came.

The set up for this story had much potential, provided it was based on a true one. And while there were some interesting pointers on survival (such as keeping yourself dry to prevent catching hypothermia), it wasn't as in-depth as one would hope for in a survival tale. I'm sure this man had to
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Ms. Kelly
Thank you to NetGalley for the advance digital copy of this book.

This title is a short and to the point tale about how lessons from a distant past can suddenly be very valuable in a modern world.

The language and the art are simple and clean. While it is lacking some complexity that would make the book more satisfying for adults and teens, the directness of the story makes it useful for the elementary school set. Younger children that are interested in survival type stories may enjoy this - altho
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ashes ➷
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-quality-arc
(ARC from NetGalley.)

An interesting and easy read about an Inuit man stranded for four nights without food or water in the ice.

This is technically a children's book, which is why it's so short, but I felt that that put it in a strange halfway zone-- it can't be too long, or kids won't stay engaged, but the length makes it feel unfinished. I'm just certain that there had to have been more to say about being stranded for four days without food or water.

There's one small segment on how he managed
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Laura Gardner
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
How I survived on the Ice is a short nonfiction graphic novel about an individual who uses his skills and knowledge as an Indigenous person to stay alive after his snowmobile breaks down far from his home. Serapio was out fishing far from his home in the Arctic when his snowmobile breaks down. He has very few supplies and no water, but uses his knowledge of the Arctic climate and survival techniques to survive four nights on the sea ice.
Some pages are one single image with ice in all directions
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Kailyn Bettle
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
How I Survived recounts Ittusardjuat’s story of when his snowmobile breaks down in the middle nowhere. He must use his knowledge of the land to keep him alive.

Originally, I did not realize that this was a children’s book. However, as a children’s book I think it tells a fantastic lesson of Indigenous Peoples and their knowledge of the land and the past. What I really liked about this is that it genuinely sounded like Ittusardjuat was telling the story aloud as I read. I also appreciated some of
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Melissa
Hmmm this had so much potential - how does one survive on the open ice for four whole days?? But it was less than 50 pages long, and with very few words at that, so it really skimmed the surface of the story. I mean, I still don’t understand how he survived. For starters, the whole moral of the story was that lessons taught in childhood can be life-saving late in life (which is a great moral for kids!) so I would have loved more background on his upbringing. Instead we got 2 panels. Then, it cou ...more
Barbara
The author relates a story of survival based on his experience in 2008 when he was traveling from a fishing camp in Iqaluit to his home in Igloolik when his snowmobile broke down when he went off-trail on some sea ice. Drawing on lessons learned from his elders, he spent four nights on the ice. Young readers will be impressed at his resilience and certainty that everything would turn out okay and how he was smart enough not to try to travel home on foot or venture far from the vehicle. He rememb ...more
BookBlanketFort
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great, short graphic novel about a man who gets stuck in Arctic sea ice when his snowmobile breaks down. The book takes us through how the author survived four frigid nights.

The illustrations are beautiful, showing the vastness of the icy terrain.

Another thing I enjoyed is the exploration of indigenous survival techniques and the melding of these with modern materials such as gasoline and the snowmobile. In this way, the book illuminates the survival of indigenous cultures and counteracts ster
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Elizabeth
4.5 stars.

How I Survived is a short but vivid comic book telling of how the author, Serapio Ittusardjuat, had his snowmobile breakdown, leaving him stranded on sea ice for four days. Perfect for middle grade and young adult readers, this telling emphasises the importance of using traditional knowledge, especially in dangerous situations that modern life may leave you unprepared for. Having grown up on the land, the author's knowledge as an Inuit man plays an absolutely vital role in his survival
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Sarah Kunkel
Jun 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is about an Inuit who gets stuck out in the freezing wilderness during a snowmobile trip. He is on his own in the wild for four days. This graphic novel is only 45 pages (26 if you read it as an electronic file), and was too short. If I wasn't sent this ARC, I would never be inclined to purchase it. The story could've been really, really interesting. However, it was summarized with juvenile looking art and was told at a very basic level. It never went into the author's thoughts, feelin ...more
Wayne McCoy
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
'How I Survived: Four Nights on the Ice' by Serapio Ittusardjuat with illustrations by Matthew K. Hoddy is a graphic novel about a man lost on the ice.

When Serapio's snowmobile breaks down on his way back from a fishing camp, he is lost on the ice. For a lot of people, this would be a death sentence. For Serapio, keeping calm and doing what he's been trained to is what this story is about.

It's an interesting story, but feels a bit brief. The art is less than interesting, but that could be becaus
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Jason
Simple enough to be a children's book, but profoundly intense in its banality, this is a story that has so much more going on below the surface. On the surface, it's about a guy whose snowmobile dies and he basically waits, on the snowmobile, for four days. But it's also about survival being more about matter-of-fact levelheadedness than harrowing adventure and man vs. nature cleverness. It's about people for whom life-and-death survival is a daily occurrence and how that informs culture. Most i ...more
Alicia
This is such a quick little graphic novel about survival that I almost wanted him to be out there for longer so that I can learn more about winter survival. It's well-drawn and succinct and showcases both the necessary perseverance of someone who very quickly went from being safe to nearly dying out in the wilderness of the northernmost part of the world because he first lost track of the snowmobile tracks and then the engine quit.

It's paced out well and instructs and informs. A very accessible
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Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
This was a very short comic about how Serapio Ittusardjuat used traditional skills and knowledge he learned to stay alive. This is a first person account of how he spent four nights on the ice after his snowmobile broke down.

This was extremely short, but it was interesting. The artwork was good and I learned a few things about surviving in cold temperatures. I do wish that it had been longer or tought more traditional skills that are used to survive.

*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest rev
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Marilyn Raquel ❤✨
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

It might not feel like it, but knowing how to survive on ice is a very important skill to have. After all, you never know when you are going to need it.
I didn't know about the gas/water tip, honestly, as he was explaining it, I thought there was no way that would work, but it did. Then it didn't lol.
That being said, I wish it had more useful tips in here, and that he commented on his mistake of eat
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Paul Decker
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC via NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

This is a story of bravery and utilizing survival skills. This is a short graphic novel about a man who was stuck in one of the harshest environments on his own. He used traditional survival skills to keep himself alive until help arrived.

The art is simple and the story is pretty bare, but the information it provi
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Cynthia
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a really short graphic novel about an Inuit man that gets stuck out on the ice when his snow machine breaks down. He survives four nights out there by using some tricks he'd learned as he grew up. The artwork, & text. is real good, & I think all ages would find this quite interesting....& well worth the short time it takes you to read it.
I received this e-book from Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC/Inhabit Media via NetGalley after offering to read it & post my own fair/honest review. These
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Ceylan (CeyGo)
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review .

I’m fascinated with Nunavut and the North West Territories and hoping to visit both over the next coupl,e of years , so I was really excited about this book.

This is a quick read, with pretty cool graphics, but the story is lacking a bit. I was expecting a bit more depth to the story and more information on survival skills
Lauren
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for the Arch

This is a very short graphic novel exploring the survival of a man on the artic ice for four nights. I was thinking it would go more in-depth of what happen but there really isn't much to the story. Something very easy for younger kids to understand and get through. The art is nice and writing simple so children of any age would be able to understand what is happening. I would have liked for it to just be longer.
Bree
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I wish there had been a bit more plot here, I loved the premise but it was so so short! I do think the intended age group would enjoy the story (kids from outside cultures could use some context ahead of time). As a kid I was obsessed with wilderness survival stories, and probably would have loved reading about the wisdom and strategies Serapio used to survive.

I was provided an advance reader copy via Netgalley, for media consideration.
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