Tuk and the Whale

Tuk and the Whale

Written by: Rivera, Raquel
Illustrated by: Gerber, Mary Jane
ages 8 to 10 / grades 3 to 5

Told by a young Inuit boy, this story imagines what might have happened if the people of a Baffin Island winter camp had encountered European whalers.

This story is set on the eastern coast of Baffin Island in the early decades of the 1600s. Told from the point of view of a young Inuit boy, Tuk, it imagines what might have happened if the people of Tuk's Baffin Island winter camp had encountered European whalers, blown far north from their usual whaling route. Both the Inuit hunters and the whalers prize the bowhead whale, but for very different reasons. Together, they set out on a hunt, though they are all on new and uncertain ground.

Scrupulously researched, this beautifully told story will inspire extremely topical discussion about communication between two groups of people with entirely different world views; and about a productive partnership that also foreshadows serious problems to come.

Told by a young Inuit boy, this story imagines what might have happened if the people of a Baffin Island winter camp had encountered European whalers.

This story is set on the eastern coast of Baffin Island in the early decades of the 1600s. Told from the point of view of a young Inuit boy, Tuk, it imagines what might have happened if the people of Tuk's Baffin Island winter camp had encountered European whalers, blown far north from their usual whaling route. Both the Inuit hunters and the whalers prize the bowhead whale, but for very different reasons. Together, they set out on a hunt, though they are all on new and uncertain ground.

Scrupulously researched, this beautifully told story will inspire extremely topical discussion about communication between two groups of people with entirely different world views; and about a productive partnership that also foreshadows serious problems to come.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Apr 1, 2008
Specifications 96 pages | 5.06 in x 7.5 in
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Written By Raquel Rivera has worked as a copywriter, freelance writer and illustrator, photographer's assistant, and a teacher of English and life drawing. She lives in Montreal with her husband and two children. Visit Raquel Rivera's website: http://www.imho-reviews.com/
Illustrated by Mary Jane Gerber has illustrated several books for children. She lives in Orangeville, Ontario.
Audience ages 8 to 10 / grades 3 to 5
Reading Levels Lexile 620L
Key Text Features illustrations; chapters

Short-listed, QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2008