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published: Sep 2009
ISBN:9781897349571
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
imprint: Maple Tree

I is for Inuksuk

An Arctic Celebration

illustrated by Mary Wallace

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5 of 5
2 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
published: Sep 2009
ISBN:9781897349571
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
imprint: Maple Tree
Description

Highlighting the traditional way of life of Canada’s Inuit people, I is for Inuksuk is a visual masterpiece from award-winning artist Mary Wallace. Each letter of the word “inuksuk” is represented in an acrostic poem by another Inuktitut word, which, together with Wallace’s original paintings, creates a wondrous overview of life in the Arctic. Dramatic full-color illustrations begin each section and readers will delight in seeing how words are written in Inuktitut symbols (one of the official languages of Nunavut). Turn the page to find that the author delves further into the meaning of each Inuktitut word by showing how it is connected with the people and natural environment. Here, Wallace showcases her love and expertise of the Arctic landscape and culture in small vignettes and simple, easy-to-read text. Themes such as Arctic clothing, animals, and travel are explored. For added enjoyment, readers can look for the inuksuit hidden in each section, then turn to the final page in the book to find additional information on the different types of inuksuit and the messages they give. Also included is a pronunciation guide to help readers sound out Inuktitut words.

About the Author

Mary Wallace

MARY WALLACE has spent almost 20 years teaching arts and art education to children and adults. She has written and illustrated over a dozen books for children and has received many awards and nominations, including a National Outdoor Book Award for The Inuksuk Book. She lives in St. Thomas, ON.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 100
Grade:
k to 17
Awards
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Information Book Award
Editorial Reviews

This book is a great introduction to Inuit life and the Arctic environment…Wallace’s beautiful paintings are a joyous celebration of the majestic Arctic landscape.

— Resource Links

Clearly a work of love, this translates the north for young children.

— Toronto Star

I learned something new on every page of this book...So, so fascinating!

— Silly Eagle Books Blog

The Olympic inuksuk is likely to have people across the world wondering about these noble symbols of Canada, and so Canadian families are going to enjoy discussing I is for Inuksuk and Wallace's evocative artwork.

— CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Wallace’s illustrations are truly a celebration — hauntingly beautiful and evocative of bygone days…A stimulating look at an oft-overlooked culture.

— Kirkus Reviews

This book succeeds wonderfully as a simple alphabet book and as an exceptional exploration of Arctic life and culture.

— School Library Journal

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Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

Artist and author Mary Wallace uses the letters that spell INUKSUK to illustrate life on the Arctic tundra. Each letter represents some aspect essential to Inuit survival. From Nanuq the polar bear to Siku the sea ice to Kunik the soft kiss of affection, Wallace’s vivid paintings convey her sense of wonder and the connection within the Arctic community. The last page illustrates seven different types of inuksuk and what they represent along with an Inuktitut pronunciation guide.

Wallace is the author/illustrator of The Inuksuk Book, which won the UNESCO White Raven Award, and the National Outdoor Book Award.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

I is for Inuksuk: An Arctic Celebration

Wallace introduces readers to aspects of our Inuit people’s culture, language and traditions in the form of an acrostic. Its seven key words (inuksuk, nanuq, umiaq, kamik, siku, umimmat, kunik) are also shown in Inuktitut symbols. The meanings of the Inuksuit (plural of Inuksuk) shown in the book and an Inuktitut pronunciation guide are also included.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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