Arctic Stories

Arctic Stories

by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, Vladyana Langer Krykorka
     
 

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Ten-year-old Agatha, an Inuit girl, is the reluctant heroine in this tapestry of Arctic tales set in the 1950s. Each tale has its origins in Kusugak's own childhood experiences.
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Ten-year-old Agatha, an Inuit girl, is the reluctant heroine in this tapestry of Arctic tales set in the 1950s. Each tale has its origins in Kusugak's own childhood experiences.

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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.
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550374520
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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