Arctic Stories

Overview

Acclaimed Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak weaves a tapestry of tales about ten-year-old Agatha and her accidental heroism in the high Arctic of 1958. The first of Agatha's stories is based on one of Kusugak's real life experiences, when an eerie, black airship flew over Chesterfield Inlet in 1958. A sleepy Agatha "saves" the community from the monstrous flying object.

In the second story, Agatha notices the playful antics of the winter ravens and takes an interest in the many ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $5.03   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Acclaimed Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak weaves a tapestry of tales about ten-year-old Agatha and her accidental heroism in the high Arctic of 1958. The first of Agatha's stories is based on one of Kusugak's real life experiences, when an eerie, black airship flew over Chesterfield Inlet in 1958. A sleepy Agatha "saves" the community from the monstrous flying object.

In the second story, Agatha notices the playful antics of the winter ravens and takes an interest in the many migrating birds. As the seasons change, she begins to favor more beautiful and peaceful birds of spring, until the ravens return.

The third of Agatha's stories takes place in the fall when Agatha is sent to school in Chesterfield Inlet, an English-speaking community south of her home. During an afternoon of skating, Agatha rescues a show-off priest, who has inadvertently demonstrated the danger of thin ice.

The three
Agatha stories resonate with the nostalgia and affection of Kusugak's childhood memories.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
This quirky trio of stories is based on Kusugak's recollections of growing up in Repulse Bay, in northern Canada. Ten-year-old Agatha, an Inuit girl, is the star of all three tales. She saves her community from "the ugly black thing" (a helium-filled airship), befriends a "most amazing bird" (a clever raven) and rescues a priest who's literally on thin ice. Agatha's enthusiastic exploits are rendered in a low-key, offhand style that reads the way storytellers speak. Krykorka's illustrations, in watercolors and colored pencil, are humorous and yet respectful of their subjects.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-These three stories about life in the Canadian Arctic in the 1950s feature Agatha, a six-year-old Inupiat Eskimo girl from Repulse Bay. The first vignette is based on an actual event that took place in 1958: a helium-filled airship flew over the bay frightening the inhabitants who didn't know what it was. The second tale chronicles Agatha's interaction with a raven that she considers "stupid" and "ugly." Ravens tend to stay behind during the winter but disappear when the other migrating birds appear in the spring and summer. As winter approaches once again, the girl learns to value the common bird. The third story involves the custom of many indigenous people of sending their children to larger communities to be educated. Agatha is taken to a Catholic mission school and the heartbreak of being separated from her family and the harsh treatment she experiences there will speak to readers. A glossary with a pronunciation guide for Inupiat terms is appended. While the ravens look more like crows, the illustrations, done in soft but vibrant watercolors and colored pencil, are generally quite good.-Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Margaret Poole
These stories are special because Kusugak's writing reflects a storyteller's style -- and his voice is truly a voice of the Arctic. Krykorka complements the stories with lovely watercolors that bring the Arctic to life in all its seasons.
—Margaret Poole, Halifax Chronicle-Herald
Canadian Materials
The beauty of Kusugak's human and animal characters are wonderfully satisfying, full of life and humour.... [They] complement the text brilliantly... Recommended.
— Valerie Nielsen
Canadian Materials - Valerie Nielsen
This collection of three tales, set in Repulse Bay, features an endearing 10-year-old heroine, named Agatha, through whose eyes the reader experiences life in the high Arctic.... The author weaves a tapestry of simply told stories, each of which, by skilful use of detail, manages to bring to life the experience of growing up in a small Inuit community.... Vladyana Krykorka's paintings give the reader a beautifully detailed rendition of the Arctic landscape in every season. Her depictions of Kusugak's human and animal characters are wonderfully satisfying, full of life and humour.... [They] complement the text brilliantly.... The beauty of Kusugak's work lies in his ability to evoke for his southern readers a vivid picture of a way of life that is fast disappearing. Arctic Tales will be a welcome addition to the resources that teachers and librarians look for as they plan their units on the Arctic and the Inuit. The book's Grade-three reading level should guarantee its popularity among young students doing projects on Inuit life. Recommended.
Canadian Teacher
Vivid and engaging... This collection of stories captures a feeling for a transitional time in the Inuit culture and history and resonates with the storyteller's art.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550374520
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kusugak grew up in the Arctic Circle. His books have been teaching children about life in the north for almost 20 years. Michael lives in Rankin Inlet in northern Canada.

Vladyana Krykorka is the celebrated illustrator of more than 30 books for children. She is a lover of Inuit culture and has traveled to the Arctic many times. Born and raised in Prague, she now lives in Toronto.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)