Kumak's Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North

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Alaska Northwest Books, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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On a beautiful Arctic morning, Kumak looks out the window of his house at the sun rising over the frozen river. "Ahhh, spring," says Kumak to his family. "The days are long, the nights are short, and the ice is still hard. Good day for fish." Eager to give Uncle Aglu's amazing hooking stick a try, Kumak packs up his family and heads out to go ice fishing. "Good day for fish!" they all agree. Hapless Kumac is the only one in his family without fish until the tug at the other end of his line incites a mighty battle. A clever ending reveals that the whale-sized fish that Kumak imagined was actually a line of small fish in tug o' war position. Kumak reigns, and there's plenty for everybody. Authentic details throughout the playful art and text, as well as endnotes on Inupiat fishing, provide young readers with a fascinating window into another culture in this follow up to KUMAK'S HOUSE a 2003 Children's Book Council Notable Trade Book in Social Studies.

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User Review  - rsamet - LibraryThing

This is a humorous tall tale about an Inuit family that goes ice fishing together. Kumak, the father of the family, has borrowed his uncle's lucky hooking stick, and he snags something so big that he ... Read full review

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User Review  - MSblast - LibraryThing

A charming tale about a village that "pulls" together. Great book about team work and not giving up. The ending may surprise you. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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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