Inuksuk Journey is the page-turning and visually stunning chronicle of Mary’s summer trip to the Arctic, inspired by her long-held fascination with the ancient Inuit symbol of the inuksuk. An engaging mix of travel journal and gorgeous artbook, Inuksuk Journey combines the best of travel writing with breathtaking paintings showcased in large format across the pages of this book. Her “you-are-there” journal, lavishly illustrated with photographs, sketches, and artifacts, includes encounters with Arctic wildlife, hunting, fishing, and living off the land, and visiting undisturbed relics of Inuit life dating back thousands of years. The knowledge she gains from her Inuit guides allows deep insight into the various forms of the inuksuk and its many purposes. Readers are offered an amazing view of the geography, people, and culture of the Far North, both ancient and modern. Each trip day that Mary experienced inspired striking paintings of the land, sea, sky, wildlife, and the people and culture of the Arctic.
...a lively mix of story and art that convey's [Wallace's] deep love and respect for the land and people of the Arctic. This book will give children a good idea of this part of the country, offering both an introduction and a deeper exploration of Canada's north.
Inuksuk Journey is carefully crafted and beautifully told...a fantastic resource for those who wish to understand aspects of life in the north as seen through the eyes of a non-native.
Highly engaging and inspiring.
Wallace is particularly affecting in her understanding of the transience of life in the Arctic and the intense connection the people have with the land and its wildlife…lavish artwork and expressive text create a landscape for children to wander into and get to know.
Seeing the landscape with its towering Inuksuks through her eyes is riveting, as the colors, textures, shapes, and messages come alive and hook the reader to create a personal relationship with the lure of the Arctic and the Inuit...A Canadian treasure delighting audiences of all ages - not to be missed.
…personal photos, sketches, and comments give readers an intimate portrait of life in this place…Readers will be fascinated by this firsthand account of true adventure.
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