In the past, Arctic animals did not look as they do today, but they could communicate just as well as humans can!
In The Walrus Who Escaped , young readers learn that walruses once had spiralled, curly tusks, not the long, straight tusks we recognize.
When Raven came across Walrus expertly diving for clams, he quickly became jealous of Walrus's great clam-hunting skills. So, as Walrus was about to surface with a tasty mouthful of clams, Raven cast a spell on the ocean, freezing Walrus in place! Walrus's curly, twisting tusks became frozen in the enchanted ice. But Raven soon discovered that his magic was no match for Walrus's great physical strength. Walrus managed to escape, but his tusks would never be the same!
This fun, dynamic animal tale pits two of the Arctic's most popular animal characters against each other in a cheeky and amusing battle of wits.
Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley is of the people who call themselves Inuit. She grew up dogsledding across the Arctic, living in snow houses, and watching her father fight off polar bears. She worked for a long time to help other cultures understand her people. She's bursting with stories to tell. And no matter how many she's already told, she just can't tell enough. She eventually told so many stories that the Queen of England gave her a medal for it. For her, the Arctic is wise and alive. If you don't understand that, visit and find out for yourself!
Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley is from a mixed background. He tells a lot of stories, but he likes hearing them even better. He studies myths and folktales and fables from all around the world. When he can't get enough, he makes up his own! He even tells stories about things that might happen in the far future. That's how, one day, he got an award for writing science fiction. He loves nature and thinks the Arctic is the most beautiful place he's ever seen. So he tries to treasure it by writing about the Arctic's beauty in stories.
Anthony Brennan is a Sheridan College — educated illustrator and web designer who lives near Toronto. He has produced several books, including Tales from the Tundra by Ibi Kaslik.
Praise for Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley: "The simple words and exuberant tone will make it easy for younger listeners to follow the narrative, yet the story and characters are complex enough that the book should appeal to school-aged children as well." — Quill & Quire on The Raven and the Loon
"Collected and written by northern writer and educator Rachel A. Qitsualik, The Shadows That Rush Past is an important contribution to Inuit and Canadian lore . . . an excellent read-aloud, a useful component in a unit about the Inuit, the North or myths and legends, and [a book that] will add vibrancy to a library collection." —Canadian Review of Materials