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Children's Nonfiction Native Canadian

The Shaman's Nephew

A Life in the Far North

by (author) Simon Tookoome

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Dec 2000
Native Canadian, Cultural Heritage
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2000
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 3 to 9


When Jewish author/storyteller Sheldon Oberman met Inuit artist/hunter Simon Tookoome, he knew the encounter was special. Still, he had no idea their meeting would result in an amazing collaboration that would span a decade.

Through the use of many tape recordings and translations, Sheldon has painstakingly woven the threads of a remarkable man's life into a book for all to treasure.

With Tookoome's drawings to enhance the text, Oberman has managed to express the cadence and voice of one of the last of the Inuit to live the traditional nomadic life in the Arctic. The Shaman's Nephew magically transports readers to a cold climate that warms and grows more familiar with every turn of the page.

About the author

Simon Tookoome is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

Simon Tookoome's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"A deeply moving tale aimed at preteen readers, which weaves together Tookoome's life story and traditional lore. The renowned Inuit artist provided the magical drawings, while Oberman crafted Tookoome's vignettes into English."

"This title has an authentic view of traditional northern life that few other books could match."
School Library Journal Starred Review