James Houston's Treasury of Inuit Legends (英语) 平装 – 2006年10月1日
Four tales of the never ending struggle for survival in the harsh Canadian Arctic will give readers an appreciation for the life and culture of the native peoples who call this icy land home. In Tiktaliktak, a young hunter is trapped on a drifting ice floe and carried far away from his family; can he survive alone on the barren island he finally reaches and ultimately make his way home? In The White Archer, Kanguq has one overwhelming purpose—to become a great archer and take revenge on the First Nation warriors who killed his family and kidnapped his sister. A young boy takes his grandfather on a long and extraordinarily difficult journey in the story of Akavak; can they reach the brother that the grandfather longs to see before his death? And in Wolf Run, Panniq fights off starvation and despair in his desperate search to find food to save his family. These previously published stories of courage and survival are appropriate for readers of all ages. The book's introduction includes a brief biography of the author who lived for many years with the Inuit. 2006, Harcourt, and Ages 10 up. (Anita Barnes Lowen - Children's Literature )
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Each of the stories describes a character overcoming serious challenges, often the threat of starvation. I found each one engaging and evocative, so much so that sometimes I stopped reading for a while, because I couldn't stand the feeling of intense cold that the the author keeps the reader feeling!
As a dog trainer, I was especially interested in the descriptions of sled dogs and how they were handled - hardly the way we treat our domestic dogs today. But I imagine very real!
I also read Houston's The White Dawn, a more serious, adult-level book, and loved it. I highly recommend this Treasury to anyone interested in native life in the Arctic.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in life in the Arctic.
Anyway, the point is that this book is good and I think kids and adults both would find it an excellent read.