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publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
imprint: Maple Tree

The Inuksuk Book

illustrated by Mary Wallace

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2 ratings
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list price: $14.95
edition:Paperback
published: Sep 2004
ISBN:9781897066133
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
imprint: Maple Tree
Description

An inuksuk is a stone structure that can communicate knowledge essential for survival to an Arctic traveler. Inuksuit are found throughout the Arctic areas of Alaska, Arctic Canada, and Greenland. Mary Wallace, in consultation with Inuit elders and other noted experts, gives a fascinating introduction in words, pictures, and paintings to the many forms of the inuksuk structure and its unique place in Inuit life and culture. Inuksuit take on many forms, the most recognized being the inunnguaq (’like a person’), which is built in the shape of a human. Mary Wallace explains ten of the major types of inuksuit, while archival photographs and exquisite silk paintings bring these shapes to life. In telling the story of inuksuit, the story of those who dwell in the Arctic unfolds. A guide to Inuktitut words rounds out this comprehensive guide to the inuksuk.

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:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 6
Awards
  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Atlantic Library Association, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Winner, UNESCO International Youth Library, White Raven Award
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award
  • Winner, Idaho State University, National Outdoor Book Award, Children's Category
  • Commended, VOYA, Non-fiction Honor List
  • Short-listed, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection
Editorial Reviews

An exceptional resource for study of the Arctic and Alaska.

— Booklist

Gorgeous silk paintings illustrate each kind of inuksuk…

— Travel for Kids

From a stark and barren landscape comes a rich and vibrant informational book about the Inuit people. This book is a valuable resource, which will inform and inspire children of all ages.

— ForeWord Magazine

The Inuksuk Book is an invitation to enter and explore the traditions of the Inuit of Nunavut.

— Toronto Star

Children love to build inuksuit and this book should inspire a great deal of interest in Inuit culture.

— Resource Links, Canadian Library Association

Anyone looking for a better understanding of the history and culture of the people of Nunavut territory...would do well to traverse the arctic landscape with this primer.

— Canadian Press

Amazing photographs and paintings enhance the informative text.

— Voice of Youth Advocates

The Inuksuk Book is a…fascinating description of various inuksuit…and the roles these stone landmarks have played for centuries.

— Quill & Quire

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The Inuksuk Book

This book is a complete reference on inuksuit (plural of inuksuk). Norman Hallendy, an authority on the Inuit and the Arctic, says that an old inuksuk is more than a stack of stones; it is thoughts of another person left upon the land. The book not only tells about the different kinds of inuksuit, but gives many facts about the Inuit way of life. Inuksuk are used to point to the location of a food cache, to point to the North Star, to help hunt caribou and respect a much-loved person. Each chapter is prefaced with a painting depicting inuksuit. There are also historical and modern photographs. Some brief instruction is given to building an inuksuk and an inunnguaq, the human-shaped structure.

Wallace is a writer, teacher and artist. This book has been short-listed and won numerous awards.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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