Arctic Son

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Disney-Hyperion, Sep 15, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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"Newbery Medalist (Jean Craighead) George... -- with Aalak, an Inupiat Eskimo as guide -- takes young nature-lovers on a tour of the North in this picture-book ode to the Arctic. When Luke is born in a small Arctic town, the village leader, Aalak gives him an Eskimo name, that of Aalak's own father, Kupaaq. With this special bond ..., Aalak introduces little Kupaaq to his Arctic landscape and Inupiat Eskimo customs. George's text, abundant with vital experiences and detailed descriptions of daily life, is fodder for Minor's watercolors, luminous as the northern lights that bring the Arctic's palate to life . . . George and Minor's invitation to the Arctic's extreme climate and extraordinary wildlife make this a trip well worth taking."

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User Review  - SMLawrence - LibraryThing

Beautiful story filled with descriptive imagery of a young boys life growing up in the Arctic. Even though Luke is born to a non Inuit family, an Inuit elder named Aalak becomes a close family friend ... Read full review

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User Review  - adates12 - LibraryThing

Arctic Son is a look into the life of a young Alaskan boy. He befriends a culture different than his own and is given an Eskimo name. I think this is a good example of learning about different cultures, and accepting more than one way of life. Read full review

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Jean Craighead George was born on July 2, 1919 in Washington, D.C. She received degrees in English and science from Pennsylvania State University. She began her career as a reporter for the International News Service. In the 1940s she was a member of the White House press corps for The Washington Post. During her lifetime, she wrote over 100 novels including My Side of the Mountain, which was a 1960 Newbery Honor Book, On the Far Side of the Mountain, Julie of the Wolves, which won the Newbery Medal, Julie, and Julie's Wolf Pack. She also wrote two guides to cooking with wild foods and an autobiography entitled Journey Inward. In 1991, she became the first winner of the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association's Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature. She died on May 15, 2012 at the age of 92.

Wendell Minor is the celebrated illustrator of more than forty picture books for children. His work reflects his deep interest in American history and American landscape and his desire to bring the natural world to children. He currently lives in rural Connecticut with his wife, author Florence Friedmann Minor. Visit him at

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