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This traditional story set in the Arctic is relayed in traditional storytelling fashion, with all the requisite repetition. Children will be able to predict what will happen next and chime in. Information on Eskimo culture is woven into the story. Pastel watercolors emphasize the chaos of the family’s home, and also impart the serenity of their lifestyle. Even the animals look friendly. Illustrations vary in size and shape, keeping the text flowing. Some of the most charming pictures are oval, focusing tightly on the crowded house and its occupants. This delightful story will entertain children as they learn about a different way of life. --- School Library Journal, January 2003, Susan Pitard, The Book Review, Preschool to Grade 4.
The watercolor-and-ink illustrations capture the humor and setting with expressive characters and a wintry palette of purple, blue, and yellow. Children who are familiar with this tale will delight in this new angle; those unfamiliar are in for a treat. --- Booklist, Helen Rosenberg, Sept 2002