Make Your Own Inuksuk (A Wow Canada! Book Series)

Make Your Own Inuksuk (A Wow Canada! Book Series)

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by Mary Wallace
     
 

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An inuksuk, a powerful symbol of the Arctic, is a stone structure that acts as a messenger. Traditionally, inuksuit (plural) have been built by the Inuit to act in the place of a human being: to show the way when travelers were a long way from home, to warn of very dangerous places, or to show where food was stored.
Following the acclaimed and award-winning

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An inuksuk, a powerful symbol of the Arctic, is a stone structure that acts as a messenger. Traditionally, inuksuit (plural) have been built by the Inuit to act in the place of a human being: to show the way when travelers were a long way from home, to warn of very dangerous places, or to show where food was stored.
Following the acclaimed and award-winning The Inuksuk Book, Make Your Own Inuksuk shows readers how to build their very own inuksuk. This full-color book provides an engaging overview of inuksuit— what they are, why they were important in the past and how they can bring significance to our own lives today.
Filled with startlingly beautiful photographs of various inuksuit in different natural settings, Make Your Own Inuksuk is as visually arresting as it is easy to follow. Make Your Own Inuksuk offers clear step-by-step instructions and practical advice on selecting and preparing stones to build a wide variety of inuksuit. It also helps readers choose a location that reflects their inuksuk’s meaning, whether in a garden, at the cabin or at home.

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Children's Literature
Although this book is billed as a children's work, garden enthusiasts should give it serious consideration. An "inuksuk" is an Inuit sculpture made of balanced stones, an ancient tradition that did everything from directing travelers to signaling the presence of game. Wallace, who also wrote The Inuksuk Book, suggests cross-cultural applications for these serene and lovely works. They could be welcoming signs, frames for sunsets, memorials for special people, directional works within a landscape. Wallace's photos of the inuksuit (plural) she has built are graceful and lovely. What a wonderful family project it could be to build inuksuit, especially at a new home or in a new garden. It could also be a great class project for teachers who plan units about the Arctic or Canada. 2001, Owl Books, $18.95 and $8.95. Ages 6 up. Reviewer:Donna Freedman
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-Every once in a while, a very special book that quietly communicates a sense of wonder, beauty, and spiritual connectedness comes along. This is such a book. Inuksuit are carefully balanced stone sculptures that were built by the Inuit to communicate knowledge or a message from one person to another. They might show the way to the camp, point to the moon, or commemorate a special event or friend. Today, Inuksuit are often built in the shape of human figures. The author provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a nine-stone inuksuk, where to place it, and the types of expression one can give it. Helpful information is also provided on where to find stones. The text is interspersed with often-dramatic, full-color photographs of stones in different settings and different light. Combine this title with Byrd Baylor's Everybody Needs a Rock (Scribner, 1974) for a unit on rock art. Wallace's The Inuksuk Book (Owl, 1999) has more information on the life of the Inuit. Once they read Inuksuk, readers will never again look at rocks in the same way.-Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897066140
Publisher:
Owlkids Books
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Series:
A Wow Canada! Book Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,103,325
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 Years

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Make Your Own Inuksuk (A Wow Canada! Book Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book especially if you are interested in different cultures, stones and symbolism. Interesting for adults and children. Detailed explanation on how to make your own inuksuk and what they can represent.