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Vanishing Cultures: Far North

Written and photographed by Jan Reynolds


It's springtime in the Arctic, and Sara and Kari are excited about the yearly reindeer roundup. Their people, the Sami, are moving the reindeer herds to mountain pastures for grazing. Family and friends also come together to celebrate the end of the long dark winter.

Sara and Kari help their father gather the family's herd together. Like other Sami people in northern Europe, Sara and Kari's family relies on reindeer for food, clothing, and shelter. Once the reindeer are rounded up, Sara and Kari join their neighbors and participate in springtime festivities such as games and reindeer races.

Teacher's Guide

Activity: Make a Reindeer

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Check out this interview with Jan Reynolds on the Vanishing Cultures series and her experiences as a writer, photographer, and adventurer.

Kids' Pick of the List
American Bookseller's Association

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book Council

Interest Level
Grades K - 6
Reading Level
Grades 2 - 3
Cultural diversity, Environment/Nature, Nonfiction
About the Creators

Jan Reynolds is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. All seven books in her Vanishing Cultures series of photo-essays for children were recognized as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Reynolds is also an avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas. Reynolds lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont.

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