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Children's Fiction Survival Stories

The Owl and the Two Rabbits

by (author) Nadia Sammurtok

illustrated by Marcus Cutler

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Jun 2019
Survival Stories, General, Birds, Rabbits, Polar Regions
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2019
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


When two rabbit sisters ignore their parents' warnings and decide to play outside on the open tundra, a hungry owl soon spots them and decides they will make a delicious meal. As a chase ensues, the sisters must act quickly, using the owl's own greed against him in order to get away. 

A traditional Inuit story and cautionary tale, this book presents a centuries-old narrative for a new generation of readers. 

About the authors

Nadia Sammurtok is an Inuit writer and educator originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Nadia is passionate about preserving the traditional Inuit lifestyle and Inuktitut language so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. Nadia currently lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with her family.


Nadia Sammurtok's profile page

Marcus Cutler is a freelance children's illustrator from Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in magazines, books, apps and more and he has worked with a variety of clients including chickaDEE Magazine, OWL Magazine, Macmillan Publishers and Parks Canada. He is the illustrator of the Lark Ba Detective series, The Owl and the Two Rabbits and The Walrus and the Caribou. He lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.


Marcus Cutler's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"The Owl and the Two Rabbits is an entertaining tale that will not only engage readers, but it will also indirectly teach them about Inuit culture as this story is a take on a traditional Inuit legend."—CM Magazine

"Inuk writer Nadia Sammurtok’s delightful new take on a traditional Inuit story from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut has wonderfully rambunctious illustrations by Marcus Cutler. When two little rabbit sisters decide to go play on the tundra, even though they’ve been warned not to, trouble is quick to follow! They’ll make a delicious-tasting dinner for a hungry owl and his wife unless they can find a way to escape. How they manage to trick the owls will keep young readers on the edge of their seats in this engagingly suspenseful story."—The Globe and Mail

"The dark nature of the tale is mitigated by the style of illustration: Bright pastel colors cover each page, and the soft features of the owl and pink-eared rabbits alleviate some of the tension in the life-and-death struggle.This traditional Inuit story from Nunavut teaches children the importance of parental guidance—with a dash of excitement."—Kirkus Reviews

"Illustrator Marcus Cutler weaves colorful, vibrant illustrations all throughout the inviting text of this story...This meaningful picture book is perfect to add to any school library or early elementary school classroom."—San Francisco Book Review

"The beauty of the landscape is captured in Cutler’s watercolor cartoon illustrations, with glowing orange-yellow sunset backgrounds. Inuk writer Sammurtok’s creative retelling brims with suspenseful pacing."—School Library Journal

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