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Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull

by (author) Nancy Mike

illustrated by Charlene Chua

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Pets, Polar Regions, Native Canadian, Birds
Indigenous characters , Author lives in Nunavut
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price

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Short-listed for the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards!

When Elisapee’s father brings home a baby seagull, Elisapee falls in love with the bird right away. She feeds and cares for her new friend, named Nau, and even helps Nau learn how to fly!

Nau grows, and grows, and grows some more, until she’s big enough to fly all over town and play with the other seagulls. Soon, it seems like Nau is ready to leave home for good, and Elisapee has to learn how to say goodbye.

Based on the author’s childhood experience, this charming story about learning to care for animals will delight young readers.

"The lively illustrations capture the emotion of the story and offer a glimpse into childhood in Nunavut." - Hakai Magazine

". . . [A] worthy addition to picture book collections in schools and public libraries." - CM Magazine

About the authors

Nancy Mike was raised in Pangnirtuuq (Pangnirtung), Nunavut, and continues to maintain close ties with the community. This is Nancy’s first book, and she is passionate about sharing stories of life growing up in Nunavut. Currently, Nancy lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and works as a Research Associate for Family & Community Health with Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre. She is a throat singer, songwriter, and plays the accordion. She has travelled around the world with a band called The Jerry Cans where her biggest passion was to empower other Indigenous people across the globe. Nancy is also an anaana (mother) to three beautiful girls and hopes to inspire them to love their culture and language . . . and to embrace intellectual endeavours as Indigenous people themselves.

Nancy Mike's profile page


CHARLENE CHUA a illustré de nombreux livres pour les enfants de tous les âges. Ses illustrations lui ont valu de nombreuses récompenses et les livres qu’elle a illustrés ont été mis en nomination pour USBBY Outstanding International Books, OLA Best Bets, une récompense Shining Willow, et Kirkus Best books. Son premier livre Hug? a été publié en 2020. Elle vit à Hamilton avec son époux.


CHARLENE CHUA has illustrated more than a dozen books, including Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, The Pencil, and Hug?, and her work has been nominated for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Forest of Reading Awards, the Shining Willow Award, and the First Nation Communities READ Award. Charlene lives in Hamilton, Ontario.



Charlene Chua's profile page


  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Shining Willow Award
  • Short-listed, Foreword Indies Award for Picture Books

Editorial Reviews

“. . . [A] worthy addition to picture book collections in schools and public libraries.”

“. . . [A] nice introduction for children to learn of different places and customs. It could also be a nice read for children having a pet for the first time.”

"Charming, sweet, and beautifully illustrated . . .”

“Only in the Arctic, a world of sculpins and krill, tundra and brilliant northern lights, could the story of Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull be as real as it is.”

“. . . [A] heartwarming tale of friendship filled with arctic charm and culture.”

“The lively illustrations capture the emotion of the story and offer a glimpse into childhood in Nunavut.”