The Inuksuk Book

Wow Canada!

By Mary Wallace and Mary Wallace

From 8 to 12 | 64 pages

An inuksuk is a stone structure that can communicate knowledge essential for survival to an Arctic traveler. Inuksuit are found throughout the Arctic areas of Alaska, Arctic Canada, and Greenland. Mary Wallace, in consultation with Inuit elders and other noted experts, gives a fascinating introduction in words, pictures, and paintings to the many forms of the inuksuk structure and its unique place in Inuit life and culture.

Inuksuit take on many forms, the most recognized being the inunnguaq (’like a person’), which is built in the shape of a human. Mary Wallace explains ten of the major types of inuksuit, while archival photographs and exquisite silk paintings bring these shapes to life. In telling the story of inuksuit, the story of those who dwell in the Arctic unfolds. A guide to Inuktitut words rounds out this comprehensive guide to the inuksuk.

An exceptional resource for study of the Arctic and Alaska. - Booklist
From a stark and barren landscape comes a rich and vibrant informational book about the Inuit people. This book is a valuable resource, which will inform and inspire children of all ages. - ForeWord Magazine
Anyone looking for a better understanding of the history and culture of the people of Nunavut territory...would do well to traverse the arctic landscape with this primer. - Canadian Press
Children love to build inuksuit and this book should inspire a great deal of interest in Inuit culture. - Resource Links, Canadian Library Association
The Inuksuk Book is a…fascinating description of various inuksuit…and the roles these stone landmarks have played for centuries. - Quill & Quire
The Inuksuk Book is an invitation to enter and explore the traditions of the Inuit of Nunavut. - Toronto Star
Amazing photographs and paintings enhance the informative text. - Voice of Youth Advocates
Gorgeous silk paintings illustrate each kind of inuksuk… - Travel for Kids
Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2002
Atlantic Library Association, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, 2001
British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Book Award, 2002
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction, 1999
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection, 1999
Idaho State University, National Outdoor Book Award, Children's Category, 1999
Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award, 1999
UNESCO International Youth Library, White Raven Award, 2000

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