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.
In Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford is an engaging 32-page picture book about northern mammals such as polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals and beluga whales as they chase each other around "the ice that floats in the Arctic waters." Not only is the rhythmic, cumulative prose good for early readers; it is a pure delight to read aloud. The book is validated by the marine mammal specialist at the University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. The final pages introduce an Inuk hunter into the rhyme.
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.
The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec—where she was raised by a single parent and grandmother and travelled by dog team in a traditional, ice-based Inuit hunting culture—to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.
Uumajut Learn About Arctic Wildlife published by Inhabit Media in partnership with Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society is written by Nunavut resident Simon Awa, along with Anna Ziegler and Stephanie McDonald. This 30-page bilingual book (English and Inuktitut syllabics) explores the various animals of the tundra and the sea and ice regions of the Arctic. A brief introduction provides additional background for the teacher and the section about the tundra features information about the lemming, caribou, Arctic fox, and the wolverine.
Stones, Bones and Stitches: Storytelling Through Inuit Art is a recent book for students about the lives of six Inuit artists: Oviloo Tunnillie, Joe Talirunili, Jessie Oonark, Lutka Qiatsuk, David Reben Piqtoukun, and Kenojuak Ashevak. In this celebration of sculpture, printmaking, and embroidery stitching, the authors, curator and assistant curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, bring the lives of these men and women artists into focus.