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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
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Inuit Kinship and Naming Customs
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;

Traditionally, Inuit do not call each other by their given names. Instead, they refer to each other using a system of kinship and family terms, known as tuqurausiit (turk-thlo-raw-seet). Calling each other by kinship terms is a way to show respect and foster closeness within families. Children were named after their elders and ancestors, ensuring a long and healthy life.

As more and more Inuit refer to each other by their English first names, rather than their traditional kinship terms, the tradition of tuqurausiit is slowly disappearing. This book presents interviews with four Inuit elders from Baffin Region, Nunavut, about how names were chosen, the importance of using kinship terms, and how the practice of tuqurausiit has changed over the years. Inuit Kinship and Naming Customs helps to preserve the knowledge of this tradition for younger generations, both Inuit and non-Inuit.

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Terrestrial Mammals of Nunavut
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Format: Hardcover

Explore the fascinating world of Nunavut's diverse terrestrial mammal populations in this richly visual, informative book.

Through beautiful photographs and a broad range of information, readers will learn about the appearances, ranges, and behaviours of eastern Arctic non-marine mammals. With detailed information on more than thirty species, this book provides an in-depth look at Arctic terrestrial mammals.

Far from a barren land of ice and snow, this book will introduce readers to the vibrant natural life of Nunavut through its distinct mammalogy.

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A Walk on the Tundra
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

A Walk on the Tundra follows Inuujaq, a little girl who travels with her grandmother onto the tundra. There, Inuujaq learns that these tough little plants are much more important to Inuit than she originally believed.

In addition to an informative storyline that teaches the importance of Arctic plants, this book includes a field guide with photographs and scientific information about a wide array of plants found throughout the Arctic.

Reviews
This volume is a cross between a picture book, a story and a field guide to edible plants.... Authors, Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler, have worked on several educational publications. That background is apparent in this book.  There are eighteen Inuktitut words, including 6 plant names, introduced in the text.  They are explained and italicized when they are first introduced, for example “Nirilikkit – eat them”. The next time the word is used, it is assumed that the reader knows what it means.... [A]s a tool for building vocabulary, or as a storybook for students who have some familiarity with Inuktitut, this work would be excellent."  – Sandy Campbell, The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature

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40 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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Hide and Sneak
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

On the great tundra plains of Nunavut, there is a creature that just loves to play hide and seek. The only problem with this creature is, if it helps you hide, no one will ever find you again. Well, Allashua loves to play hide and seek…

Allashua ignores the inuksugaq as she plays hide-and-seek. Soon she encounters an Ijiraq--a tiny half-bird, half-human creature who loves to play. Allashua remembers her mother telling her that if an Ijiraaq hides you, no one will ever find you again. Eventually, Ijiraq disappears and Allashua gets lost on the tundra. With no idea of which way to go, she heads toward a small block dot on a far-off hill. When Allashua realizes the dot is the inuksugaq and that it can guide her safely home, she understands the riddle of its existence.

Inuit author Michael Kusugak (A Promise is a Promise, Baseball Bats for Christmas) again demonstrates that he is a masterful writer. A mythological figure and traditional Inuit practices, set the backdrop for this dramatic story. 

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"Hide and Sneak is an excellent book, and a good introduction for young children to the Canadian Arctic and to the Inuit. A one-page story at the beginning of the book introduces the readers to the Ijiraq, and explains the purpose of the inuksugaq - information the reader should know but would slow the story. Kusugak's descriptions of the landscape and the wildlife are vivid and beautifully woven into the text. The story is suspenseful without being threatening; the language is simple, easy to read, and smooth." - CM Magazine

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32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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The Littlest Sled Dog
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Igvillu is a little dog with big dreams. One of her favorite dreams is of becoming a sled dog. When Igvillu is adopted from her kennel by an Inuit storyteller and moves to northern Canada, she comes face-to-face with real sled dogs. Igvillu loves living in the North, chasing siksiks and dreaming about her future. She''s a dog who believes anything is possible!

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The Sweetest Kulu (HC)
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit 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.

A perfect gift for new parents.

Awards
- 2016 Top Summer Read for the TD Summer Reading Club
- 2015 Winner of Wordcraft Circle Award: Picturebooks
- 2015 Outstanding Book for United States Board on Books for Young People
- 2014 Best Bedtime Book Huffington Post

Reviews
“[A] lovely bedtime book . . . Young children will be captivated by the stunning beauty of the Arctic world embracing little Kulu.” — Quill and Quire

“Highly recommended” — Canadian Review of Materials, 4/4 stars

“This is a terrific book for those who have a newborn in the house… And for those of us who just need a book that rights the world for us, that reminds us of that world in all its richness.” — American Indians in Children’s Literature

“. . . [P]lenty of material for both parents and children to enjoy.” — Books and Quilts

“Complementing Kalluk’s words are gorgeous illustrations by Alexandria Neonakis.” — The Book Mine Set

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32 pages | 10.25" x 8.25"

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The Walrus Who Escaped
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

When Raven came across Walrus expertly diving for clams, he quickly became jealous of Walrus's great clam-hunting skills. So, as Walrus was about to surface with a tasty mouthful of clams, Raven cast a spell on the ocean, freezing Walrus in place! But Raven soon discovered that his magic was no match for Walrus's great physical strength. This fun, dynamic animal tale pits two of the Arctic's most popular animal characters against each other in a cheeky and amusing battle of wits.

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Bears of the North
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

Contains exquisite portraiture of all the bear species of Alaska, from the southeast to the north slope through Denali, as well as dynamic images of the daily life of individual bears and family groups.

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48 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

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Exploring the World of Seals and Walruses
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

The curious facts and exotic fun of the lives of seals and walruses.

The lifestyle of the seals that entertain at marine parks has little to do with how seals, sea lions and walruses actually survive in the wild. Exploring the World of Seals explains how these North American pinnipeds have adapted to live in two habitats, on land and in water. This ancient group of sea mammals comes in wildly different sizes, from the 100-pound ringed seal to the 3-ton elephant seal, and the range of their behaviors varies just as widely. With their streamlined bodies, insulating blubber or fur, flippers where other animals have limbs and long necks, these marine mammals are built to navigate the water in search of food, yet most of them court, mate and give birth on land.

How do seals and walruses regulate their body temperature? How do they see their prey and predators in the dim underwater light? What are the effects of massive oil spills on the survival of these species that have inhabited Earth for millions of years? Exploring the World of Seals provides these answers and many more.

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This book is part of the "Exploring the World of..." series, a nature series produced especially for young readers who are eager to learn more about the wild animals they find especially appealing. The books are packed with facts and offer outstanding value. Clear text in large type and vivid photographs with explanatory captions describe the animals' physical attributes, and storylike narratives about their daily life -- where they live, what they eat, how they hunt, how they communicate, how they raise their young -- present a complete picture of each animal.

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24 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik: Inuit Tools and Techniques, Volume One
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

The iglu, a traditional winter shelter built in the Arctic for centuries, is a vital part of Inuit culture. The qamutiik, a traditional sled used for hunting, is an essential tool whose versatility and dependability have allowed it to endure over time.

In How to Build an Iglu & a Qamutiik, Solomon Awa provides thorough how-to instructions on building iglus and qamutiiks, along with general background information on their construction and importance to survival. Complete with detailed, clear illustrations, this valuable resource will teach readers to build these structures that are so central to Inuit culture and tradition.

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Delivered in a dual-language format of English and Ikutitut.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 7.00" | b&w illustrations, colour photographs

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Make Your Own Inuksuk
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5;

In Make Your Own Inuksuk, clear, inspiring text and beautiful step-by-step photographs show how to create your own inuksuk and bring the beauty and magic of this ancient Inuit tradition into the classroom, home or garden. An index is also included.

Richly varied yet intrinsically connected, the titles in the Wow Canada! library celebrate different aspects of the country. Together, they weave a tale as diverse and exciting as Canada itself.

Reviews
"Once in a while, a very special book that quietly communicates a sense of wonder, beauty and spiritual connectedness comes along. This is such a book." -School Library Journal

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Age 8 and up.

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32 pages | 7.62" x 9.84"

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No Borders: Kigliqangittuq
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

No Borders shares the life of Darla Evyagotailak, a 16 year old Inuk girl. Through Darla's life readers will get a glimpse into the intricately connected families of Inuit living in the communities of Kugluktuk, Nunavut and Ulukhaktok, NWT. Although recently divided by the border between the two territories the communities share a common ancestry and their language called Inuinnaqtun. The border is invisible to them however, and as Darla's Grandfather tells her, 'we are just like the caribou, they don't see the border and neither do we'.

Darla Evyagotailak is a 16 year old girl from Kugluktuk, Nunavut. She enjoys soccer, square dancing and her favourite subject in school is drafting. Raised by her maternal grandparents with lots of time spent with her great-grandparents, Darla has had the opportunity to be connected with the strength of her ancestors. In No Borders, Darla accompanies her grandmother and great grandparents on a journey which crosses the border between the community of her birth and the lands of her ancestors.

Reviews
"No Borders is beautifully designed with engaging photographs that give an intimate glimpse into Darla's life. There are sidebars entitled "Our Words", "Our Stories" and "The Land is our Storybook." End matter includes information on "Inuit Identity Tags", "Tattoos in Inuit Culture" and "The Evolution of the NWT Boundary", making No Borders a thought-provoking introduction to Inuit culture." — CM Magazine

Educator Information
This book is part of the "The Land Is Our Storybook" series, which considers the diverse lands and cultures of Canada's Northwest Territories. Told in a uniquely diverse range of northern voices, with a child-centred approach, books in the series highlight each official Aboriginal language group in the NWT, revealing a richly textured picture of life in the North-on the trapline, around the campfire, in communities, at school, and within the outdoor school that is the land itself. The series celebrates the seasons, ages, genders, traditional activities, and communities of the NWT.

The stories are illustrated by the striking images of acclaimed northern photographer, Tessa Macintosh and depict the similarities in lifestyle between children of the North and South, as well as the marked cultural differences, and highlight the special relationship these First Nations people have with the land and how they are adapting to rapid change while remaining connected to the land. Images of the landscape and animals within it, of trapping, hunting, fishing, and bannock baking sit alongside pictures of children at school, swimming at recreation centres, and reading in libraries. Here is modern northern culture painted beautifully: a complex mix of the new and the old.

These wonderful books, written with a variety of provincial and territorial curricula in mind, are specially designed for the classroom and include special features such as glossaries relating details on animals biology and cultural definitions, regional and language maps. The text of the stories also have sidebars such as Our Stories, which contain the stories of the people and language group featured, and Our Words, which highlight words in the featured language that are important to the story.

Recommended Grade Level: 4-7

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40 pages | 8.00" x 8.00" | colour photographs, maps

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Uumajut, Volume 2: Learn More About Arctic Wildlife!
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

In Uumajut, volume 2, readers will get acquainted with more arctic wildlife.

Picking up where Uumajut: Learn About Arctic Wildlife! left off, Uumajut, Volume 2 will introduce the youngest readers to the diets and habitats of more arctic species including the Siksik, Ermine, Wolf, Muskox, Eider Duck, Ringed Seal, Harp Seal, and Walrus. They will also learn about traditional Inuit uses for these animals, from traditional food preparation to clothing and household uses.

Uumajut, Volume 2 is brought to vivid life by award-winning illustrator Romi Caron's whimsical illustrations.

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Uumajut: Learn About Arctic Wildlife
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8;

Learn fun facts and traditional Inuit knowledge about Arctic animals. This beautifully illustrated book takes readers from tundra to sea ice, to teach children about a wide variety of animals, from caribou to belugas.

This rare look at the Canadian North showcases a fascinating ecosystem we often forget is a large part of our country.

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Arctic Animals
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

This bilingual board book introduces infants to the names of various items of Arctic animals. Text appears in English, Inuktitut syllabics, and Roman orthography, meaning that even non-Inuktitut speakers can sound out the Inuktitut words. Arctic Animals features full-colour photographs of a variety of Arctic animals.

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16 pages | 7.00" x 7.00" | Board Book

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Inuksiutiit Inuit Tools
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

English-Inuktitut early words board books introduce little ones across Canada to simple Inuktitut terminology!

This bilingual board book introduces infants to the names of various Inuit cultural items. Text appears in English, Inuktitut syllabics, and Roman orthography, meaning that even non-Inuktitut speakers can sound out the Inuktitut words.

Inuit Tools uses easy-to-recognize illustrations of simple cultural items to form a unique bilingual counting book.

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Ages: 0-3

Bilingual: English and Inuktitut syllabics and Inuktitut Roman orthography 

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20 pages | 7.00" x 7.00" | Board Book

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Marine Mammals
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

English-Inuktitut early words board books introduce little ones across Canada to simple Inuktitut terminology!

This bilingual board book introduces infants to the names of various Arctic animals. Text appears in English, Inuktitut syllabics, and Roman orthography, meaning that even non-Inuktitut speakers can sound out the Inuktitut words. Marine Mammals features full-colour photographs of a variety of Arctic species.

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Text appears in English, Inuktitut Syllabics, and Roman Orthography.

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16 pages | 7.00" x 7.00"

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Strong Readers Northern Series: A Dog Team (L3)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1;

Level 3 Back cover book introduction: This book is about a dog team. The dog in the front is the lead dog. The dogs in the team work together to pull a sled. What do you notice about these dogs? Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740593

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Strong Readers Northern Series: Baby Arctic Animals (L8)
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 8

Back cover book introduction:
This book is about some of the animals that live in the Arctic.
Look at the front cover of this book. How many animals do you see? Can you name them?

Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781771740609

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Strong Readers Northern Series: Birds Come and Go (L15)
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 15

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As the winter snow begins to melt many different kinds of birds return to the north to build their nests.During the short Arctic summer their eggs hatch. The chicks grow quickly. They must be ready to fly south with their parents in the fall.
Follow the return of the birds through the seasons.

Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781771740616

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Strong Readers Northern Series: I Build An Igloo (L11)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 11 Back cover book introduction: This book will show you how to build an igloo out of blocks of snow. Making the snow blocks the right size and shape is very important. The blocks are rectangular. How do you think that the author, Michael Kusugak, learned to build an igloo? Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740623

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Strong Readers Northern Series: Look Up At The Sky! (L2)
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten;

Level 2

Back cover book introduction:
This book will show you pictures of coloured lights in the northern sky.
Do you know what the lights are called?

Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781771740647

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Strong Readers Northern Series: North and South (L6)
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 6

Back cover book introduction:
Many animals live north in the Arctic.
This book will introduce you to 6 animals that live there.
Many animals live south in the Antarctic.
Can you name an animal that lives in the south?

Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781771740654

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Strong Readers Northern Series: Polar Bear Facts (L16)
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 16 Back cover book introduction: This book is about polar bears. Polar bears live in the Arctic. Sometimes they are called sea bears because they spend so much time out on the sea ice. What do you know about polar bears? Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740661

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Strong Readers Northern Series: Snow (L7)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;

Level 7 Back cover book introduction: This book is about snow. There are many different kinds of snow in the north. What do you know about snow? What are some of the things that you can do in the snow? Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740630

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Alego
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Alego is a beautifully simple story, written in Inuktitut and English, about a young Inuit girl who goes to the shore with her grandmother to collect clams for supper. Along the way she discovers tide pools brimming with life -- a bright orange starfish, a creepy-crawly thing with many legs called an ugjunnaq, a hornshaped sea snail and a sculpin.

Written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Cape Dorset, home to the great tradition of Inuit art, this is an enchanting and utterly authentic introduction to the life of an Inuit child and her world.

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Alego includes an illustrated glossary of sea creatures as well as a map of Baffin Island. Ages 4-7.

This book is delivered in a dual-language format, written in Inuktitut and English.

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, Science, Visual Arts.

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24 pages | 7.63" x 9.63"

 

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CD: Inuit Songs & Stories, Learn How to Throat Sing

What an amazing NEW resource this is!

Learn how to throat sing with this amazing tutorial. Six sample tracks are provided to practice along with.

Then, sit back and enjoy an oral retelling of the Kaugjagjuk story told by one of Canada's most renowned Inuit storytellers, Michael Kusugak.

Tracks include:
Ajanikippi
Introduction to Throat Singing
Tutorial (learn How to Throat Sing)
The Saw
The Mosquito With Jaw Harp
Geese
Polar Bear and the Wolf
Qimmiruluapik, Poor Little Puppy
Love Song
Kaugjagjuk Story - English version
Kaugjagjuk Story - Inuktitut version

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Hand Puppet: Polar Bear Cub
Size: 38 cm H

Out of hibernation and fresh from the den comes the newest Polar Bear Cub puppet. Heirloom design with soft plush fur, padded paws and a workable mouth, this cuddly glacial gladiator will easily find a warm place in your heart.

14 inches long, 8 inches wide, 7 inches tall

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