The Legend of the Fog

Overview

In this traditional Inuit story, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life or death journey for a young man. When he comes across a giant who wants to take him home and cook him for dinner, the young man’s quick thinking saves him from being devoured by the giant and his family, and in the process releases the first fog into the world. Written by Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak and Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award–nominated author Joanne Schwartz, this action-packed picture book brings a centuries-old ...

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Overview

In this traditional Inuit story, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life or death journey for a young man. When he comes across a giant who wants to take him home and cook him for dinner, the young man’s quick thinking saves him from being devoured by the giant and his family, and in the process releases the first fog into the world. Written by Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak and Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award–nominated author Joanne Schwartz, this action-packed picture book brings a centuries-old traditional tale to life for modern readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
In spite of a cold, dark and uneasy winter and the danger of evil spirits, a man decides to venture outside. As he sees an evil spirit he lies down as if frozen and waits to defend himself. On finding the “frozen” man, the spirit wraps the man in a sling and returns home. As they travel, the man makes the trip as unpleasant as possible and the spirit arrives home cranky and tired. When the evil spirit and his wife both fall asleep, the man escapes. However, the evil spirit’s wife runs after the man. The man worries he cannot outrun the evil spirit but he discovers a river that gives him the distance he needs. Her efforts to cross the river prove to be her undoing but could explain the existence of fog. The book’s afterward explains that this is a common tale with slight variations throughout the Canadian Arctic. Some slight variations to this tale might have made it more easily read, since this version includes some awkward sentences and difficult-to-pronounce names. The illustrations’ sharp angles and black backgrounds create an eerie mood for this story. Second and third grade students can enjoy this as a possible introduction to Native American myths or as part of a social studies unit. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk; Ages 7 to 10.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926569451
  • Publisher: Inhabit Media Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Qaunaq Mikkigak is an elder, artist, and throat singer from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. She was featured in the books Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset and Cape Dorset Sculpture. Joanne Schwartz is a children’s librarian and the author of the children’s picture books City Alphabet, City Numbers, and Our Corner Grocery Store, which was nominated for the 2010 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She lives in Toronto. Danny Christopher is an illustrator and painter based in Toronto. A couple months a year in different communities in the arctic, he teaches for the NTEP program of Arctic College and the University of Regina.

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"The turngaq's wife stepped into the raging water and started drinking.
Gulping quickly, she drank and drank. Still not able to cross the river, she drank some more. Finally, so full she could hardly move, she drank even more. And when she couldn't drink another drop, she drank again."

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