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The Spirit of the Sea


by (author) Rebecca Hainnu

illustrated by Hwei Lim

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
May 2014
General, Native Canadian, Adaptations
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Dec 2014
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2014
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


This beautifully illustrated picture books tells the story of the spirit of the sea, referred to as Nuliajuq, Sedna, Takannaaluk, and many other Inuktitut names.
Once a young woman who refused to marry, the lies and deceit of a treacherous bird and her own father's cowardice lead Nuliajuq to a life of solitude at the bottom of the ocean as the powerful, at times vengeful, spirit of the sea.
The Spirit of the Sea provides young readers with an authentic retelling of one of the most important, powerful legends in the canon of Inuit traditional stories.

About the authors

Rebecca Hainnu lives in Clyde River, Nunavut, with her daughters, Katelyn and Nikita. Rebecca believes it is important to teach Inuit traditional knowledge about the land, animals, people, history, and philosophies. Her family is usually on the land throughout the seasons. She hopes to pass on some knowledge through her writing. Her work includes Edible and Medicinal Arctic Plants: An Inuit Elder’s Perspective, The Spirit of the Sea, A Walk on the Shoreline, Math Activities for Nunavut Classrooms, and Classifying Vertebrates. Rebecca is an educator in a K–12 school. She was the recipient of the 2016 NTA Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Hwei Lim a étudié en génie, travaillé en informatique et en conseil aux entreprises, et est maintenant illustratrice de bandes dessinées et d’autres histoires. Ses œuvres récemment publiées comprennent les illustrations du livre The Spirit of the Sea, le premier volume de Spera et la collection d’histoires Boris & Lalage. Hwei vit en Malaisie.


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