I had another book lined up for this week. But after watching the news with the unexpected heavy snow falls in the USA and hoping friends are keeping safe and warm, I thought this gorgeously illustrated one was more in keeping with the theme.
Written by: Davide Call
Illustrated by: Maurizio A C Quarella
Published by: Wilkins Fargo Pty 1st October 2013
Age: 4 – 7 years
Theme: knowing ones identity, seeking the future, inquisitive
Opening Lines: The Little Eskimo wanted to know two things: he wanted to know if he would be a great hunter when he grew up, and also what was on the other side of the Great Ice Lake.
Synopsis: The little Eskimo sets out on a quest to find the answers to his questions but none of the arctic animals can help him. Finally, a whale takes the brave little boy to an island in the middle of the lake to the one creature who knows all.
Why I like this: This is a beautiful story, though a little dark. It reminds me of the saying “curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back.” The little Eskimo boy is so determined to find answers to his questions. However things are not quite what we expected. Even I was surprised at the ending of this one. I loved Maurizio’s illustrations with the cute little Eskimo and such expression in his eyes. The scenery in blues gives that icy feel.
Resources/Findings: Here is some Teachers notes on the Wilkins farrago website. http://www.wilkinsfarago.com.au/PDFs/Eskimo_teachers_notes.pdf
And if you have snow, now’s a good time to go out and make a snowman or join in a some snow fun.
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