Kumak's House: A Tale of the Far Northby Michael Bania
At the edge of a great frozen river, Kumak and his family lived in their house by the willows. Though their house was warm and cozy, Kumak was not happy. His wife was not happy. His sons and daughters were not happy. His wife's mother was not happy. "Too small, this house," said Kumak. "I will go to see Aana Lulu. She will know what to do." Set
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At the edge of a great frozen river, Kumak and his family lived in their house by the willows. Though their house was warm and cozy, Kumak was not happy. His wife was not happy. His sons and daughters were not happy. His wife's mother was not happy. "Too small, this house," said Kumak. "I will go to see Aana Lulu. She will know what to do." Set in an Inupiat Eskimo village in the northwest Arctic, KUMAK'S HOUSE is a folktale that conveys a humorous lesson on life with Kumak as the foil. As Kumak treks again and again to elder Aana Lulu for advice, the book's charming illustrations incite laughter and introduce children to traditional Inupiat activities and animals of the Arctic.
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Kumak's HouseA Tale of the Far North
By Michael Bania
Alaska Northwest BooksCopyright © 2002 Michael Bania
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"Though their house was warm and cozy, Kumak was not happy."
"His wife was not happy."
"His mother was not happy."
"His sons and daughters were not happy."
"' Too small, this house', said Kumak."
"' I will go see Aana Lulu. She will know what to do. '"
"Anan Lulu was the oldest and wisest elder in the village."
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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
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.
In an Inuit interpretation of a popular Yiddish folktale, a family complains of cramped accommodations - then learns a lesson about being happy with what they have - in Kumak’s House: A Tale of the Far North by Micheal Bania. Author’s note explains Inuit customs. Publisher’s Weekly, June 2002
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Bania lived for almost 20 years above the Arctic Circle.
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