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Groundwood Books

Arctic Adventures

Written by Raquel Rivera • Illustrated by Jirina Marton

For students in grades - 3 | Published June 01, 2007 | ISBN 9780888997142
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous

Cover of Arctic Adventures

Regular price $18.95 CAD

48 pages | 10.250 in × 8.500 in
Print Format

About this book

Arctic Adventures

Raquel Rivera • Jirina Marton

The land, hunting, hunger, magic and extreme weather are themes that resonate for Inuit who live in the Far North. These stories, drawn from the lives of four Inuit artists, offer young readers a glimpse into this rich, remote culture, past and present. 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.

About the Creators

Raquel Rivera

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

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.

Awards and Praise

"Through the simple and effective technique of narrating dramatic episodes in the lives of four Inuit artists...Rivera gives us a taste of a vanished way of life, a sense of the unimaginable hardships that shaped these artists' characters, and a glimpse of their work that grew so organically from their experiences on the land...Marton's artistry makes the reader experience the uncertainty and thrill of visual discovery." — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2008
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (Starred Selection), 2008
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