arctic favorites: books for preschoolers

June 23, 2011

Juliet fell in love with Alaska when she was 2. We've never been there, so I'm not sure why she loves it so much. I'm guessing she likes it because of the abundance of snow (Poor little snow-deprived Georgia girl that she is. )

As a result, I've always kept my eyes open for books about the Inuit people. And recently I have come to find some amazing stories.
Mama, Do You Love Me?
It started with Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse. The illustrations are beautiful and I love the cultural details in the text such as "I'll love you until the umiak flies into the darkness, till the stars turn to fish in the sky and the puffin howls at the moon."

The little girl asks if her mother would still love her if she "put salmon in her parka, ermine in her mittens, and lemmings in her mukluks"! How cute is that?

There is a glossary in the back that gives more information about all the words and images found in the book. (In case you don't know what "mukluks" are!)
Inatuk's Friend
The next book we found was Inatuk's Friend by S.S. Morrow. Honestly, I think it might be my number one favorite children's book right now. It is truly remarkable. From the illustrations to the story itself--it's just a beautiful work of art. I can't say that Juliet agrees with me, but she did enjoy it. My enthusiasm for it was so great that I reached for it every night for our bedtime read. After the third night in a row, she said to me, "Ummm, Mom? Can we read something else?"

I kind of want to go read it right now.

I Is for Inuksuk: An Arctic Celebration
Lastly, we discovered I Is for Inuksuk: An Arctic Celebration by Mary Wallace. You know I am a sucker for a good ABC book and this one is just amazing. (Especially, if you are Inatuk's #1 fan.)

This book tells about the stone towers used by Arctic people to guide them in a land of snow and ice. I had no idea of these towers called Inuksuit until reading this book, but now I am just fascinated. I learned something new on every page of this book. There is a pronunciation guide in the back and even words written in Inuktitut symbols. So, so fascinating!

(In case you didn't realize how much of a nerd I am, now you know.) :)

The Inuksuk BookMake Your Own Inuksuk (Wow Canada! Collection)Inuksuk Journey: An Artist at the Top of the World
Mary Wallace has several other books that I am hoping to check out soon. I cannot get enough of this stuff!

I was provided with a review copy of I is for Inuksuk. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

1 comment:

Christina said...

A couple things... First, I also live in Georgia and for some reason never realized you lived there too. We are a military family so it is only our temporary home, but I know how Juliet feels. We are originally from NH and we do miss the snow, but not the Mama do you love me is also a book I very much enjoy. I used to teach preschool and I actually have a craft to go with the book. I'll try to dig it out and when I do I'll send you a link to my blog with it. Thanks fir the other titles, I'm anxious to check them out.

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