Catalogue


The orphan and the polar bear /
retold by Sakiasi Qaunaq ; illustrated by Eva Widermann.
imprint
Iqaluit, Nunavut : Inhabit Media, c2011.
description
vi, 26 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
192656944X (hbk.), 9781926569444 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
Iqaluit, Nunavut : Inhabit Media, c2011.
isbn
192656944X (hbk.)
9781926569444 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8515546
A Look Inside
First Chapter
"I have seen how the adults mistreat you, and I have often felt great
pity for your situation. I wish to teach you the skills you need to
survive, so that you will no longer be dependent on these cruel people.
Climb on my back and come with me to my village."
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2013-01-07:
Qaunaq, an Inuit elder, retells a traditional story about an orphaned boy who is educated in the ways of being "a man and a capable hunter" by a wise polar bear. Both the folkloric narrative and lush artwork command attention, though the story itself may puzzle readers at times. The unnamed orphan lives with his grandmother and a group of hunters; the boy accompanies the men on walrus-hunting expeditions, but they abandon him after each one (why is never made clear), forcing him to find his way back alone. On one occasion, the boy is confronted by a polar bear that briefly transforms into a man, then takes the boy back to a bear colony where the boy learns to defend himself. In the book's most dramatic but fuzzy sequence, the boy kills an aggressor polar bear; soon after, the bear resurrects itself and, after screaming angrily for the boy, suddenly extends the paw of friendship. Widermann's dramatic and sharply drawn pictures of the bears and the icy polar landscape go a long way toward smoothing over the story's rougher patches. Ages 6-10. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Main Description
In the world of Inuit traditional stories, animals and humans are not such different creatures. Animals can speak to, understand, and form relationships with humans. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear an orphaned boy who is abandoned on the sea ice by a group of cruel hunters is discovered and adopted by a polar bear elder. While living in the polar bear's village, the orphan learns many lessons about survival, but most importantly, he learns something about himself and his own place in the world. This book-retold for contemporary audiences by Inuit elder Sakiasi Qaunaq and illustrated by internationally renowned artist Eva Widermann-makes this beautiful traditional tale widely accessible for the first time.
Main Description
In the world of Inuit traditional stories, animals and humans are not such different creatures. Animals can speak to, understand, and form relationships with humans. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear an orphaned boy who is abandoned on the sea ice by a group of cruel hunters is discovered and adopted by a polar bear elder. While living in the polar bear's village, the orphan learns many lessons about survival, but most importantly, he learns something about himself and his own place in the world. This book--retold for contemporary audiences by Inuit elder Sakiasi Qaunaq and illustrated by internationally renowned artist Eva Widermann--makes this beautiful traditional tale widely accessible for the first time.

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