Once again, I bring you a wonderful book from Sleeping Bear Press: “The Gift of the Inuksuk“. With the 2010 Olympic Flame relaying its way across Canada, now is the perfect time to share this book, as it brings the ancient culture of the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic home to young readers. First a little about Sleeping Bear Press:
Since our first success with The Legend of Sleeping Bear (Official Children’s Book of Michigan) in 1998, Sleeping Bear Press has impressed young readers, parents, teachers and booksellers with high-quality, beautifully illustrated picture books. As a small regional publisher based in Chelsea, Michigan, we’re proud to say that readers throughout the country know us by name. Our authors and illustrators are visiting more schools and bookstores than ever before. Our books have inspired sterling reviews, won awards, have been featured in presentations and even found their way under the White House Christmas tree. No matter our size, our goal remains the same: Provide books that enrich children’s lives through stories that blend entertaining text with educational content.
Now, a decade after the publication of The Legend of Sleeping Bear, our list has continued to grow and expand. In addition to our widely known Discover America State-by-State series, we have more than six different series including our Tales of Young Americans and our newest series Tales of the World.
In this fictional tale, the relationship between the stone figures (Inusuk) and the Inuit people is explored. Possibly used as landmarks and navigational aids, today the Inusuit are symbols of leadership, independence, and friendship- a perfect Olympic theme.
The story tells of Ukaliq, a child nicknamed for the Artic hare. She spends her days playing with her siblings, gathering cotton grass for lamp wicks, and building “friends” from the stones she finds in the ground. Her life, and that of her people, is bound closely to the earth. In The Gift of the Inuksuk, builds the Inuksuit to lead the annual hunting party home during a great storm.
My take: I love how many messages are sent through this book. Not only do children and adults alike learn about the ancient culture of the Inuit, the book also stresses the importance of no waste. I love how the author speaks of the multitude of ways the Inuit use everything available to them. Not only is the caribou used for meat, its skin is used for warm clothing, bones can be used as scoops, and tendons made into thread for delicate embroidery. The illustrations bring the story to life.
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