The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese: And Other Tales of the Far North

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Based on decades of research and extended collaboration with Inuit storytellers, award-winning author Howard Norman’s masterful retellings of ten Inuit tales invite readers on a unique story—journey from Siberia and Alaska to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. Dramatic illustrations inspired by stonecut art of the Inuit people capture the beauty and mystery of these stories as they carry us—sometimes laughing, sometimes crying—from village to ...

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Overview

Based on decades of research and extended collaboration with Inuit storytellers, award-winning author Howard Norman’s masterful retellings of ten Inuit tales invite readers on a unique story—journey from Siberia and Alaska to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. Dramatic illustrations inspired by stonecut art of the Inuit people capture the beauty and mystery of these stories as they carry us—sometimes laughing, sometimes crying—from village to village over taiga, tundra, snow plains, and the iceberg-filled sea.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
These ten lively retellings of native folktales of the far north, ranging from Siberia through Alaska, Northern Canada, and across to Greenland, provide fascinating insights into the cultures of the Arctic regions. The tales represent a variety of motifs, from the changeling tale, "The Man Who Married a Seagull", to the origin story, "How the Narwhal Got Its Tusk", and even a rather strange but amusing re-telling and re-location of the Bible story of Noah, which becomes "Noah and the Woolly Mammoths." The skillful use of dialogue brings out the humor of the tales, while the illustrations, consisting of full-page color pictures alternating with black and white storyboard-type drawings running along the top of many pages, enhance the visual appeal of the book. An introduction and source notes also are included.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
From the frozen countries of the far north, rich with centuries of storytelling tradition, comes this exquisite collection of ten Inuit tales. Traced with humor and sadness, the fantastic and the fatal, these wisdom bearing tales star humans, giants, and all imaginable creatures. The lessons they teach are steeped in the geography, culture and folklore that produced them. Super artists Leo & Diane Dillon, here inspired by native Inuit masters, add sizzle to the arctic tales.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-10--An enchanting collection that transports readers through varied Arctic landscapes. The magical and humorous tales also provide a wellspring of information about Inuit culture. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
This collection is not only the handsomest gathering of Inuit folktales ever, but one that will bring readers as close to a living oral tradition as printed material can.

After working with folklorists and Inuit storytellers, Norman recasts ten stories from every corner of this widespread culture. While versions of several stories appeared in his Northern Tales (1990), they will be new to young readers. Most have a humorous cast: A shaman enrages a rude visitor with a succession of hilarious, earthy insults; stubborn Uteritsoq ignores good advice and has his "stomach guts" stolen by a moon spirit; when the Ark becomes locked in Hudson Bay ice, a crabby Noah refuses to have anything to do with the local villagers, and so is forced to eat many of his animals—plus a woolly mammoth that comes on board. Between each tale's two or three magical, formal, full-page paintings, the Dillons recapitulate events in a small black-and-white running frieze, composed of human and animal figures done in a style evocative of Inuit art. A pleasure to see, to hold, and to read—this is elegant bookmaking matched to entertaining, perceptive storytelling. Story notes appended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152309794
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Two of Howard Norman ’s novels, The Northern Lights (1987) and The Bird Artist (1994), were nominated for the National Book Award. His other novels include The Museum Guard, The Haunting of L, Devotion, and What is Left the Daughter. His books have been translated into twelve languages. Norman is the recipient of a Lannan Award in fiction, and he teaches at the University of Maryland.

LEO & DIANE DILLON have together illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winner Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema. The Dillons live in Brooklyn, New York.

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