The Walrus and the Caribou

ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᓄᑖᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᑦᑎᔪᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒧᑦ. ᓴᓇᓪᓗᓂ ᐆᒪᔪᕐᓂᒃ ᐊᓂᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ, ᐃᓛᓐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᔭᑦ ᐱᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᙱᒻᒪᑕ!

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᖓᓂᙶᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᓕᒫᕐᒥ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᖅ, ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖅ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᖃᓄᖅ ᑐᒃᑐ ᐊᐃᕕᕐᓗ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᓐᓂᕐᒪᖔᑎᒃ – ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑖᒃᑯᐊᒃ ᑕᐅᑦᑐᖏᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒋᙱᑕᒻᒪᕆᒋᓚᐅᕐᒪᒋᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᓵᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᒃ.

When the earth was new, words had the power to breathe life into the world. But when creating animals from breath, sometimes one does not get everything right on the first try!

Based on a traditional Inuit story passed forward orally for generations in the South Baffin region of Nunavut, this book shares with young readers the origin of the caribou and the walrus—and tells of how very different these animals looked when they were first conceived.

Written by Maika Harper | Illustrated by Marcus Cutler

Hardback (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-256-7 | $16.95 | 9.5″ x 9.5″ | 32 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level L |

Paperback (Inuktitut) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-257-4 | $12.95 | 9.5″ x 9.5″ | 32 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level L |


“This fun, fast-paced book—complete with engaging illustrations of expressive characters—offers a lesson in the power of putting your mind to something and following through.” — Hakai Magazine

“A lively #ownvoices romp into the power of intention—and the hilarity of trial and error.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The humorous artwork done for every double-page, full-bleed spread shows the resilient, problem-solving Guk in a variety of poses and emotional states as she tinkers with and refines her creations. Brown, blue, and white landscapes of rock, water, and ice form authentic backgrounds.”—★ Booklist, STARRED review


Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2020 — Canadian Children’s Book Centre