Takannaaluk is a 32-page bilingual picture book written by Inuk Elder Herve Paniaq and illustrated by renowned Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok published by Inhabit Media. In this Inuit creation story, storyteller and artist combine their remarkable talents to recount the origin of Arctic sea mammals and explains how the mother of these mammals is highly respected. Takannaaluk means the one down there is a term used in the High Arctic to refer to the mother of sea mammals, the most important being in Inuit worldview. Sedna, Nuliajuk, and other names, are used to identify this spiritual being. Long ago an Inuit couple has a beautiful daughter who refused to marry and she was called Uinigumasuittuq. Her reluctance is overcome when she is tricked by a fulmar, a type of seabird, into marrying. When she tries to escape by water, the fulmar causes a great wind and with her fearful father aboard the boat her finger tips are cut off and these become seals. The Inuit today still acknowledge the power of Takannaaluk. The amazing images throughout the book are unique and impressive. Highly recommended for grades two to five.