An Inuksuk Means Welcome

An Inuksuk Means Welcome

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Baker & Taylor
Using the letters that spell "Inuksuk" in Inuktitut symbols, the origins, culture, beliefs, and customs of the Inuit people are presented.

Perseus Publishing
An inuksuk is a stone landmark that different peoples of the Arctic region build to leave a symbolic message. Inuksuit (the plural of inuksuk) can point the way, express joy, or simply say: welcome. A central image in Inuit culture, the inuksuk frames this picture book as an acrostic: readers will learn seven words from the Inuktitut language whose first letters together spell INUKSUK. Each word is presented in English and in Inuktitut characters, with phonetic pronunciation guides provided.

The words and their definitions give a sense of the traditions and customs of Inuit life in the Arctic:nanuq is the powerful polar bear of the north; kamik is a warm seal- and caribou-skin boot; andsiku is sea ice. Stunning paintings with deep color and rich texture evoke a powerful sense of place and show great respect for the Acrtic’s indigenous people.

Extra informational text features include an introductory note about the significance of inuksuit in Inuit culture and a nonfiction page that profiles seven different types of inuksuit.


Publisher: Toronto :, Owlkids Books Inc.,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781771471374
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 32 cm

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The_Thorne
Aug 04, 2017

I love how this book gives a simple understandable look at the Inuktitut language for children. The phonetic break down was really appreciated so I didn't butcher it when reading it to my daughters and I especially was grateful for the word 'Kunik' which is the nose kisses. These were used in my family when I was a child but then were called Eskimo kisses and when you know better you do better so we had the kisses but didn't have a word. So now we have a beautiful word for this show of affection and as a mother I'm very grateful for it.

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mzch
Jul 02, 2016

A lovely taste of Inuit language and culture

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