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"Those are markers to lead you home," the captain told his son. "People here call them Inukshuks. They say some are as old as time."

David wondered at the lichen-covered stones stacked in human shapes, but there were so many wonders in this strange land that he gave them little thought.

Then one night, when winter had gone on forever and no one had seen the sun for so very long, a sharp, quick barking woke David. He turned in his bed and looked out of the port. There, at the ...

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"Those are markers to lead you home," the captain told his son. "People here call them Inukshuks. They say some are as old as time."

David wondered at the lichen-covered stones stacked in human shapes, but there were so many wonders in this strange land that he gave them little thought.

Then one night, when winter had gone on forever and no one had seen the sun for so very long, a sharp, quick barking woke David. He turned in his bed and looked out of the port. There, at the edge of the shore, two foxes stood in the moonlight. David climbed down the gangplank and ran across the frozen bay. The animals turned and scampered away. David followed, the foxes dancing just out of reach. At last he stopped. Behind him, the ship was gone. Ahead, the foxes melted into the night. David was alone.

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David, along with his father, set sail aboard The Lily to a place far north, in the Arctic. They study the strange creatures of that beautiful but barren land. David is amazed when he discovers the ancient piles of rocks known as Inukshuks, which hunters and travelers still use today to help them navigate. The huge rocks are stacked in such a way as to resemble a human being. One evening, David loses his way and is rescued by a mysterious man. He tells David that the sun, which has not been seen for many days, will appear that very morning. When the sun warms the ice, The Lily is finally free to begin the journey home. Ethereal paintings illuminate the images of the simple, yet mysterious land of the north. 1999, Stoddart Kids, Ages 7 to 10, $14.95. Reviewer: Christopher Moning
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Gr 1-3-In a place where all things dream, even the sleeping stone, David dreams of going home. He and his father have traveled to the far north from England to study the creatures of the arctic landscape for the summer. A sudden storm blows in and leaves their ship snared in the ice, which does not melt until the following spring. After many days and nights of darkness, David awakens to the sound of foxes and goes outside to play with them, only to become lost, surrounded by snow and ice. A man finds him, builds a fire, and together they talk about the secrets and dreams of the animals while they wait for the sun to rise. David dozes off and when his father finds him, he is wrapped in a sealskin, lying against an Inukshuk, one of the area's stone structures stacked in human form that lead the way home. Soon after, the ice breaks and David and his father sail home, but their story lives forever as the people recount how the Inukshuk walked one special night. Children will enjoy David's adventure and his rescue. East's paintings, in vibrant hues, perfectly complement this moving tale, capturing the beauty and silence of an ice-covered land without overshadowing the story. A delightful read-aloud on a cold winter day.-Tali Balas, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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When a ship from England becomes trapped in the ice in the Far North and forced to stay through a long and dark winter, young David is the only person to leave the ship to follow the barking of foxes. Following the foxes into a glittering darkness, David loses his way and is in danger of dying of the cold. A wise man suddenly appears at the top of the hill, offers David safety, the warmth of fire, and the mystery of secrets and dreams. When David's father finds his lost son, David is asleep by the fire, sheltered by an Inukshuk (a stack of stones in the rough outline shape of a man). Dreamstones is a captivating picturebook story by Maxine Trottier written for young readers ages 4 to 8, and that is wonderfully illustrated by the museum quality artwork of Stella East.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773731912
  • Publisher: Stoddart Kids
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 28
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.47 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Maxine Trottier Maxine Trottier, award-winning author of numerous picture books, novels and non-fiction works, was born in Grosse Point Farms, Michigan, and moved to Canada with her family at the age of ten. Her inspiration as an author has often come from her ancestors — French habitants and the Miami people. Maxine lives with her husband, William, in Port Stanley, Ontario.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    The Darkest Night

    This is a story about a little boy's darkest, longest night and how the myths of an old land and a wise people magically save him. The magic, the timelessness, the adventure, the wonderful art work make this a sentimental favorite. Even children as young as 4 can love it....anyone who can take a leap of faith should own it!

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