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Berry Magic | An Alaskan Yup'ik Eskimo Folktale

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Long ago, the only berries on the tundra were hard, tasteless, little crowberries. As Anana watches the ladies complain bitterly while picking berries for the Fall Festival, she decides to use her magic to help. "Atsa-ii-yaa (Berry), Atsa-ii-yaa (Berry), Atsaukina!" (Be a berry!), Anana sings under the full moon turning four dolls into little girls that run and tumble over the tundra creating patches of fat, juicy berries: blueberries, cranberries, salmonberries, and raspberries.

The next morning Anana and the ladies fill basket after basket with berries for the Fall Festival. Thanks to Anana, there are plenty of tasty berries for the agutak (Eskimo tee cream) at the festival and forevermore.

As she did with THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE, Yup'ik Eskimo elder Betty Huffmon, who shares this indigenous folktale with author and illustrator Teri Sloat, brings it to life with her beautifully vibrant illustrations depicting Alaskan Yup'ik Eskimo. 


  • Written by Betty Huffman and Teri Sloat and illustrated by Teri Sloat.
  • Published by Alaska Northwest Books, August 15, 2015.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.25" H x 10.0" L x 8.0" W (0.77 lbs) 34 pages
  • Hardcover