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The Gift of the Inuksuk [Hardcover]

Michael Ulmer , Melanie Rose
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Oct. 30 2004 Legend (Sleeping Bear)
Unique and as beautiful as a snowflake or footprint, an Inuksut (inNUKshuk,) is one of the stone figures that can be seen dotting the Canadian Arctic region. Many made by ancient hands, the Inuksuit (inNUKsweet) purposes are varied, from earthly uses such as navigation and message centers to those of the spirit, as sites of reverence. Author Mike Ulmer explores the connectedness of all Arctic life in his tale, The Gift of the Inuksuk.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit! Author Mike Ulmer keeps an Inuksuk at home--it reminds him of the way the Inuit People of the North live a simple life and consume only what they need. His tale expresses this belief in a warm and simple manner that readers of all ages will appreciate and enjoy. Artist Melanie Rose's charming and lively oil paintings bring great variety and surprising bursts of color to this unique northern story.Mike lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with his wife Agnes Bongers and their three daughters: Sadie, Hannah and Madalyn. When he is not learning about Inuksuk, Mike writes a sports column for the Toronto Sun newspaper. Among Mike's books are M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet and H is For Horse: An Equestrian Alphabet. Melanie Rose lives in Mississauga, Canada with her son Liam, and their two cats, Mickey and Meesha. Melanie teamed up with Mike previously on M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet. She has also illustrated Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet and K is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–In his introductory notes, Ulmer explains that The Gift of the Inuksuk is not an Inuit legend, but rather an original pourquoi story. However, his language is as spare and straightforward as in many folktales, and he imparts information about the traditional lives of the Inuit. Inuksuit–sculptures of piled stones in the shape of large human figures–dot the landscape of the far north. Ulmer imagines a young girl who makes the first of these figures and uses them to guide her father and brother home from a caribou hunt. This simple story appeals because of the familial warmth it conveys as much as for the explanation of the origins of Inuksuit. Rose effectively uses blues, purples, and browns in her oil paintings to conjure up the cold and barren landscape and warmer tones for the expressive faces of the people. A pleasant look at an unusual subject.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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PreS-Gr. 2. In this original pourquoi tale, Ulmer imagines the origins of the Inuksuk, piled-stone figures that appear across the Arctic landscape. Ukaliq, a young Inuit, makes towers of rocks that resemble friendly figures; she even imagines personalities for her stone companions. The small towers find another use when Ukaliq positions them as guideposts for her father and brothers, who are hunting caribou when a fierce snowstorm hits. The rows of Inuksuk not only guide Ukaliq's family but also direct a herd of much-needed caribou to Ukaliq's community. In a few places, Ulmer's poetic sentences ("a great storm drained the color from the earth") may initially confuse children, but her reverent story of a resourceful girl will encourage interest in Arctic cultures. Rose's thickly brushed acrylic paintings beautifully capture the blue Arctic light; the wide, sweeping snowscapes; and the deep relationship between humans and animals in the barren land. For another Inuit story suggest Debby Dahl Edwardson's Whale Snow (2003). Gillian Engberg
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of the Inuksuk June 19 2011
By Rebecca
Excellent book for the classroom! I used this book during my teaching practicum for a Social Studies/ Art activity. A great story about a young child's love for her Dad and brothers which helps to bring them home safely. While the theme transcends cultures, the book also contains a wealth of information on Inuit culture. A great way to open discussion or to close a SS unit. Beautiful illustrations as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars We're not alone July 21 2005
By Maria G. - Published on
This is the story of the origins of the Inuksuit, the stone people, that are very characteristic of the Inuit culture, as imagined by the author. It is a story of a little girl using her stone people to guide her father and brothers back home in a snowstorm. It is an introduction to the Inuit culture and beliefs. But I also take it as a very gentle reminder to all who read this book that we are just a small part of this world and we should appreciate what is available to us by living simple lives and using the gifts of this world wisely so that the generations to follow will also be able to use these wonderful resources. By gently reinforcing such positive ideas in our children's minds we can ensure a good future for all. The illustrations very effetctively portray the landscape and lifestyle of the Inuit people, they will draw the children's attention to this story and make it the more momorable. I commend Mike Ulmer and Melanie Rose for a job very well done.

By the way, the kids and I are planning to build an Inuksuk as our own reminder of what truly matters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the class needed. Feb. 2 2012
By Patricia R - Published on
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This was a gift for my daughter who was doing the Inuit culture with her class. They all found this book just what was needed to bring to life lessons about the Inuksuk.
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