Kumak's House: A Tale of the Far North

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Alaska Northwest Books, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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At the edge of a great frozen river, Kumak and his family lived in their house by the willows. Though their house was warm and cozy, Kumak was not happy. His wife was not happy. His sons and daughters were not happy. His wife's mother was not happy. "Too small, this house," said Kumak. "I will go to see Aana Lulu. She will know what to do." Set in an Inupiat Eskimo village in the northwest Arctic, KUMAK'S HOUSE is a folktale that conveys a humorous lesson on life with Kumak as the foil. As Kumak treks again and again to elder Aana Lulu for advice, the book's charming illustrations incite laughter and introduce children to traditional Inupiat activities and animals of the Arctic.

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User Review  - LoriOrtega - LibraryThing

Fiction: Pattern Picturebook Bania, Michael Kumak’s House. Illust. by Michael Bania. Alaska Northwest Books, 2002. 32p. Primary/Intermediate Delightful story of Kumak and his family who are unhappy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristin - Goodreads

This traditional Yiddish tale takes an Alaskan twist when Kumak's family is unhappy with the size of their home. “Unhappy is the mukluk on too big a foot, says Aana Lulu, which sets Kumak off to find ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

For almost twenty years, Michael Bania lived above the Arctic Circle. While residing in various Inupiat villages, she actively participated in the local culture and developed an understanding and respect for a distinct way of life. Here she met her husband, raised a family, and taught the children who would become the inspiration for Kumak and his tall tales from the far north. Art and illustration is a big part of Michael's life. She wrote and illustrated her first children's book at age six. Today she maintains her studio in Southeast Alaska.

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