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Nanuk: Lord of the Ice
     

Nanuk: Lord of the Ice

by Brian J. Heinz, Gregory Manchess (Illustrator)
 

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Since history began, man and animal have clashed in the ultimate struggle for survival. Even today, deep in the heart of the arctic, the struggle continues: Nanuk, a great polar bear, hunts walrus and seals. Miles away, a human sets out on his own hunting trip. As the great bear hunts his seals, the boy hunts the bear, once again playing out nature's unending cycle of

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Since history began, man and animal have clashed in the ultimate struggle for survival. Even today, deep in the heart of the arctic, the struggle continues: Nanuk, a great polar bear, hunts walrus and seals. Miles away, a human sets out on his own hunting trip. As the great bear hunts his seals, the boy hunts the bear, once again playing out nature's unending cycle of predator and prey, where only the strongest come out alive. Brian Heinz, the critically acclaimed author of The Wolves, once more takes us straight to the heart of the fight for survival. With Gregory Manchess's majestic illustrations, this book will be cherished by young nature lovers forever. Brian J. Heinz was named New York State Science Teacher of the Year in 1991. His first Dial book, The Wolves, was a Booklist Editors' Choice. Gregory Manchess won the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for To Capture the Wind (Dial).

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The dark sky and blue shadows make the powerful polar bear on the cover really stand out. The story of Nanuk, the Inuit name for the polar bear, is one of survival. The hungry bear hunts for food and succeeds in catching a seal. It isn't enough to satisfy his hunger, but as he is about to fill his belly with a second one, he senses danger-an Inuit hunter seeking a bear to fill the bellies of his family. His harpoon misses Nanuk, who has taken to the sea to escape. The hunter, dressed in warm furs, raises his hands high in the air to praise Nanuk, whose seal he now takes. The text is accompanied by Manchess' magnificent paintings of this Arctic world. An author's note provides context for the story.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In parallel stories, a polar bear and a young boy both set out to hunt. Nanuk is hunting seals. The boy is hunting him. The short narrative describes in detail how Nanuk stalks and catches a seal, and how the boy and his dogs chase and wound the bear. Nanuk escapes, and the boy must make do with the bear's kill, leaving the story with a fine sense of equilibrium. Tersely told, it creates a mood of suspense that is beautifully enhanced by Manchess's evocative oil illustrations. The skilled use of frosty polar blues and violets gives a clear picture of the habitat in which both the animal and the child live. The balance of picture to text and the precision of the telling make this a superlative read-aloud. Accurate descriptions of the boy's hunting methods and the bear's fit in his environmental niche render Nanuk an apt lead-in to such nonfiction titles as Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Arctic Hunter (Holiday, 1992) or Downs Matthews's Polar Bear Cubs (S & S, 1991).-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Kirkus Reviews
Heinz (The Wolves, 1996, etc.) and Manchess convene their talents in praise of the polar bear's fierce, free spirit. Set in the harsh ice lands of the Arctic, majestic Nanuk smells seal on the wind. Poetic descriptions trace Nanuk's hunt and near-peril as he stalks his prey—-a ringed seal. The hunger is also the hunted; alternate scenes depict a man and his dog team tracking the bear. The narrative does not spare graphic details: "Nanuk clamped his dead seal down under his right forefoot and skinned the carcass, tearing out the blubber with raking claws, staining the ice crimson." The less visceral oil paintings mix light-infused still-lifes with photo-realistic action shots. Text and art work together in symphonic anticipation, conveying the hunt in all its tension and fury. (Picture book. 5-9) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803721951
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.42(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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