Frozen Land- Vanishing Cultures

Lee & Low BooksSKU: 9781600601286

Jan Reynolds
Grade Levels:
Three, Four, Five, Six
Arctic, Inuit
Book Type:
Lee & Low Books

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Frozen Land: Vanishing Cultures is a new title from Lee and Low Publishers in their Explore Vanishing Cultures Series. Each title in the series examines an Indigenous culture as the people attempt to face the challenges of their changing environment. In this book, the author offers elementary readers an opportunity to see a contemporary Inuit extended family attend to the activities of daily living. The photo essay begins with an introduction that provides the location of a special family living near the shores of Qamanituag (Baker Lake), an inlet of Hudson Bay. Readers learn about the people's relationship to the land and animals despite the overwhelming changes of today's world. The Inuit respect the animals and are thankful for their abundance. In an igloo, the children of the family listen to grandmother as she tells a story about their grandfather travelling with his dog sled in search of caribou. To protect himself from the winds, grandfather builds a small igloo out of blocks of snow. The next day the children learn how to fish, enjoy fresh fish, play outside, and help their father take care of his dog team and assist the family as they construct an igloo. Inside the igloo, the family and friends enjoy drum dancing, string games, and throat singing. All text is accompanied by crisp, colour images of family members doing a variety of everyday tasks such as cleaning caribou skins, building an inuksuk, sewing skins for parkas, and tracking animals. Throughout the book, the author provides sensitive captions that celebrate the perseverance of today's Inuit. This book is respectful of the Inuit and their traditional skills that serve them well. The author provides a personal note at the end of the book about the time she spent with this family on the land. Originally published in 1993 the book retains its relevance today. Guided Reading: Level P; DRA: 38; Intervention: 24. Teacher Guide:

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