Nutik & Amaroq Play Ball

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Amaroq is a lively Eskimo boy who fives at the top of the world with his best friend, Nutik, the wolf pup. Amaroq was named after a great wolf leader; Nutik is the wolf leader's grandpup. The boy and the wolf pup are like brothers.

One day Amaroq and Nutik want to play football, but their ball has disappeared. What shall they do? Listening to and observing Nutik's wolf talk, Amaroq follows him outside. The two friends wander out onto the tundra, where there are no trees, no ...

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Overview

Amaroq is a lively Eskimo boy who fives at the top of the world with his best friend, Nutik, the wolf pup. Amaroq was named after a great wolf leader; Nutik is the wolf leader's grandpup. The boy and the wolf pup are like brothers.

One day Amaroq and Nutik want to play football, but their ball has disappeared. What shall they do? Listening to and observing Nutik's wolf talk, Amaroq follows him outside. The two friends wander out onto the tundra, where there are no trees, no paths, and no landmarks to help them find their way home again. Amaroq is afraid they are lost, but then he remembers what the great wolf leader he was named after would do. By observing nature and following what it says, Amaroq and Nutik are safe again-but not before finding a surprise for both of them!

Amaroq and Nutik's adventure follows the first picture book about them, Nutik, the Wolf Pup, and continues the Arctic saga about these characters originally drawn from Julie's Wolf Pack, sequel to the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves.

While searching for a missing football, a young Eskimo boy and his wolf pup friend nearly get lost on the tundra.

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Children's Literature
George takes us back into the Arctic world of Amaroq and his dog Nutik from Nutik, the Wolf Pup, for another adventure in the Far North. Amaroq can't play ball with Nutik because some pranksters have taken the ball. As he walks with Nutik, Amaroq tries to understand what Nutik wants to do. The solution is a pleasant surprise, as is Nutik's ability to get them safely home again. Rand's long, double-page, colored drawings flood the skies with different hues, from the front endpapers with streaks of blue and pink to the final pages filled with the red and gold of the setting sun. Into this magic world step an energetic youngster and his frisky pup. There are a few details, like fish drying on racks, but the focus is on the main characters in the vast landscape. The term "Eskimo" is used rather than Inuit. 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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K-Gr 2-In this sequel to Nutik, the Wolf Pup (HarperCollins, 2001), the Eskimo boy and his companion set out on a summer day to entertain themselves. Normally, they love to play football, but their ball is missing since some neighboring pranksters have come by. No other games appeal to Nutik, and the pair's restless wandering takes them far across the tundra. The pup leads the boy to a rusted oil barrel and he finds the football hidden inside. When Amaroq can't find his way back again, it is Nutik who leads them home. This is a sensitive story full of observations of the Arctic wilderness. Rich watercolors capture the beauty of the land as well as the special bond between boy and wolf.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Amaroq, the boy, is named for a great wolf leader; the wolf pup, Nutik, is like his brother, characters drawn from Julie's Wolf Pack (1997) and first introduced for younger readers in Nutik, the Wolf Pup (2001). Amaroq is Eskimo and he lives on the tundra, but he and Nutik want to toss around a football, even if the afternoon goes on all night in the Arctic summer. But the Kuklook boys have taken the football, so at Nutik's urging, they go out to explore. They pass the hangar where Amaroq's father keeps his plane, pass the sealskin boat, and pass the fish-drying racks, until Amaroq can no longer see his village. Nutik leads him to an abandoned oil barrel and chivvies him until he reaches inside to find his pilfered ball. They play and skip lunch, and Amaroq still worries about finding his way back. But remembering that the wolf had found the ball, he lets him lead the way home to a late dinner. The language is as crisp and clear as the Arctic day, making universal appeal out of this exotic locale. Rand's pictures combine glorious color with lively characterization of both the boy and the puppy-like wolfling. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060281663
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George is the author of over eighty books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and her novel My Side of the Mountain was a Newbery Honor Book in 1960. She has continued to write acclaimed picture books and novels that celebrate the natural world. She lives in Chappaqua, New York, and has had over 173 pets in the time she has lived there, among them geese and ducks.

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