November 25, 2013

Inuit artists

Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists
by Raquel Rivera
illustrated by Jirina Marton

Life in the arctic is full of beauty, danger, magic, and endurance. These qualities are apparent in the stories. Thus, Pudlo Pudlat watches as his young nephew drifts away on an ice floe, Kenojuak Ashevak has a close encounter with the sea goddess Talelayu, Jessie Oonark and her daughter battle starvation, and Lazarusie Ishulutak comes face to face with a polar bear.

Each artist's experiences are reflected in his/her prints and sculptures. The combination of story and biography form a good introduction to Inuit culture, and enhance young readers' understanding of Inuit art.

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