Long, long ago, living creatures could wear any shape they wished. Some flew to the Moon. Others dove to the bottom of the Sea. Animals could have any shape they wishes, so they chose whatever they thought was lovely. In The Walrus Who Escaped, young readers will discover a walrus with beautiful, spiralled tusks, not the long, straight tusks that we recognize today! When Raven comes across Walrus expertly diving for clams, she quickly becomes jealous of Walrus’s great clam-hunting skills.
Unikkaaqatigiit: Arctic Weather and Climate Through the Eyes of Nunavut’s Children is an exciting fact-filled scrapbook of colour photographs, colour drawings, poems, and short stories about the climate written by elementary students from 11 Nunavut community schools. Published by Inhabit Media, this bilingual English and Inuktitut syllabics anthology will appeal to elementary students in southern Canada learning about the Inuit students' perspectives of their home communities.
Ajjiit: Dark Dreams of the Ancient Arctic is an outstanding gothic interpretation of Inuit shamanism in this original collection of dark fantasy for contemporary young audiences. Drawing on familiar motifs of the fantasy and science-fiction genres, Ajjiit gives fans of mainstream fantasy fiction and the short stories a whole new world to discover. Ajjiit means "likenesses" and talented co-authors Sean A. Tinsley and Rachel A. Qitsualik have written fantastic stories that appear to be traditional stories about Arctic landscape and creatures.
How Things Came to Be: Inuit Stories of Creation from Inhabit Media replaces their 2008 release, Qanuq Pinngurnirmata: Inuit Stories of How Things Came to Be. This 2015 release from Inhabit Media is a collection of nine traditional Inuit stories and legends retold in English by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley.
Sweetest Kulu, a charming bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuk throat singer Celina Kalluk describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu, an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. Author Celina Kalluk was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
The Country of Wolves: A Graphic Novel is a unique 2014 offering from Inhabit Media publishers. This 87-page graphic novel retells a traditional Inuit story about two brothers who find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land. The hunters begin to look for landmarks or people to help them find their way back home. Eventually, they come to a camp and the two brothers split up to find help.
The Spirit of the Sea is an illustrated picture book telling the story of the spirit of the sea, known by many Inuktitut names including Nuliajuq, Sedna, and Takannaaluk, who is a key figure from the Inuit cosmology. Sedna was once a young woman who refused to marry, but the lies and deception of a treacherous bird and her own father's cowardice lead her to a life of solitude at the bottom of the ocean as the powerful, and at times vengeful, spirit of the sea.
The Hidden: A Compendium of Arctic Giants, Dwarves, Gnomes, Trolls, Faeries and Other Strange Beings from Inuit Oral History collection of field notes meticulously documents the dark side of Inuit legends, complete with hideous monsters and unspeakable deeds. Each creature is brought to life by the detailed illustrations of Mike Austin,. The Hidden exposes the dark beings that reside in Arctic shadows. This gothic illustrated book reminds readers that traditional oral traditions from the Arctic are authentic accounts from Inuit Elders retold in English.
Trip to the Moon is a unique bilingual picture book from Inhabit Media's imprint Inhabit Community in collaboration with the community of Pangnirtung. This exciting science fiction story about an oil drum captures the contemporary feeling of the children in this town on the coast of Baffin Island which can only be reached by sea or air. Told by Vera Evic the story reaches magical proportions when the oil drum takes flight to the moon. Taking three children into space and landing on the moon's surface introduces readers to little people on the moon.
L'Ours Géant: Un Conte Inuit is the French language edition of The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale. This 2012 picture book from Inhabit Media is written by Jose Angutinngurniq, Inuk author and storyteller. With Manga-like illustrations by Eva Widermann this 34-page picture book tells the exciting story of an Inuk hunter’s efforts to kill the giant polar bear or nanurluk. These bears lived long ago and were often covered by icy fur coats that resisted Inuit hunters’ spears. These were fearsome creatures and this traditional story recounts an Inuk hunter’s adventure.