Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists

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Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 47 pages
Extreme weather, hunger, magic, hunting, and the land are themes that shape the existence of the Inuits’ of the Far North. These stories — retold by Raquel Rivera based on the lives of native artists Pudlo Pudlat, Jessie Oonark, Kenojuak Ashevak and Lazarusie Ishulutuk — offer young readers a glimpse into this rich, remote culture, past and present. In “Pudlo and Kapik Go Hunting,” a young boy drifts out to sea on an ice floe; “Oonark's Arctic Adventure” tells of a mother and daughter stranded on the icy tundra; “The Shaman’s Granddaughter” movingly explores loss and mystery; and “Lazarusie and the Polar Bears” reveals just how finely attuned the relationship between animals and humans can be. Accompanying each story are illustrations by Jirina Marton, who has spent time in the Arctic and whose deep appreciation for its subtle beauty shines through her art. In addition to the stories, there is a feature spread on each artist with a photograph, a brief biography, and a reproduction of one of the artist’s works.

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About the author (2007)

Raquel Rivera has a degree in fine arts and has worked as a copywriter, freelance writer and illustrator, photographer's assistant, and a teacher of English and life drawing. Visit her author website at for news, reviews and video readings. Raquel lives in Montreal with her family.

Jirina Marton has exhibited her paintings throughout Europe, Canada and Japan. She has illustrated many children's books, including Little Book of Northern Tales: The Bear Says North by Bob Barton, Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists by Raquel Rivera, Marja's Skis by Jean E. Pendziwol, which was a Governor General's Literary Award finalist for illustration, and Bella's Tree by Janet Russell, which won the 2009 Governor General's Literary Award for illustration. Jirina lives in North York, Ontario.

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