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published: April 2008
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Tuk and the Whale

by Raquel Rivera, illustrated by Mary Jane Gerber

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list price: $8.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: April 2008
ISBN:9780888998910
Description

This story is set on the eastern coast of Baffin Island in the early decades of the 1600s. Told from the point of view of a young Inuit boy, Tuk, it imagines what might have happened if the people of Tuk's Baffin Island winter camp had encountered European whalers, blown far north from their usual whaling route. Both the Inuit hunters and the whalers prize the bowhead whale, but for very different reasons. Together, they set out on a hunt, though they are all on new and uncertain ground.

Scrupulously researched, this beautifully told story will inspire extremely topical discussion about communication between two groups of people with entirely different world views; and about a productive partnership that also foreshadows serious problems to come.

About the Authors

Raquel Rivera has a degree in fine arts and has worked as a copywriter, freelance writer and illustrator, photographer's assistant, and a teacher of English and life drawing. Visit her author website at www.raquelriverawashere.com for news, reviews and video readings. Raquel lives in Montreal with her family.

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Raquel Rivera has a degree in fine arts and has worked as a copywriter, freelance writer and illustrator, photographer's assistant, and a teacher of English and life drawing. Visit her author website at www.raquelriverawashere.com for news, reviews and video readings. Raquel lives in Montreal with her family.

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Contributor Notes

Raquel Rivera has a degree in fine arts and has worked as a copywriter, freelance writer and illustrator, photographer's assistant, and a teacher of English and life drawing. Visit her author website at www.raquelriverawashere.com for news, reviews and video readings. Raquel lives in Montreal with her family.

Mary Jane Gerber has illustrated several books for children, including A Gift for Ampato by Susan Vande Griek and House Calls by Ainslie Manson. She lives in Orangeville, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 10
Grade:
3 to 5
Reading age:
8 to 10
Awards
  • Short-listed, QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature
Editorial Reviews

Through the eyes and voice of Tuk, a young Inuit boy, readers see, hear and feel the excitement and apprehension that the lost whalers' arrival engenders...[a] simple, elegant, eloquent tale...Mary Jane Gerber's delightful pen-and-ink drawings capture moments large and small.

— Globe and Mail

The style is low-key and pared down but smooth, and the picture of seventeenth-century Inuit life is credibly drawn and narratively appropriate, avoiding the determined documentary flavor of some historical work.

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Black-and-white illustrations show the action at a distance and help readers visualize the vast and flat terrain.

— School Library Journal

Tuk and the Whale is a story that provides a glimpse into what life was like for the Inuit people very early on in the whaling industry...[Raquel Rivera does] an exceptional job of seamlessly waeving details of her research...Young readers will enjoy reading this book, and it would make an excellent introduction to a unit on the whaling industry and the Inuit culture.

— wellreadchild.blogspot.com

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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Tuk and the Whale

This adventure story is set on Baffin Island during the early 1600s. Tuk, a young Inuit boy, is the first to see the European whaling ship, predicted by his grandfather’s dream. When he tells the others, the children voice the conflicting feelings felt by the villagers. Some want to fight and chase them away, others are excited and drawn to the unknown, deciding to trust in the interest of trade. When the “qallanaat” make it clear they want the villagers to help them to hunt whales, the decision must be made whether to go along with them despite enormous risks. This well-researched book contains many details about whaling practices, the Inuits’ day-to-day activities and lifestyles. The use of many Inuit words provides authenticity. A glossary is included.

Tuk and the Whale is Rivera’s third book for children.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Tuk and the Whale

This story, set on Baffin Island’s eastern coast, unfolds in the early decades of the 1600s. Told from the point of view of a young Inuit boy, Tuk, this story imagines what might have happened if the Inuit of Baffin Island had met European whalers, blown far from their usual whaling route.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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