Kiviuq and the Mermaids

Kiviuq and the Mermaids Kiviuq one of the greatest and most important characters in Inuit mythology is said to have travelled over land and sea overcoming obstacles and successfully defeating various fearsome foes In Kiviu

  • Title: Kiviuq and the Mermaids
  • Author: Noel McDermott Toma Feizo Gas
  • ISBN: 9781772270822
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kiviuq, one of the greatest and most important characters in Inuit mythology, is said to have travelled over land and sea overcoming obstacles and successfully defeating various fearsome foes In Kiviuq and the Mermaids, young readers experience one of Kiviuq s most heart pounding adventures an encounter with a group of frightening mermaids With only his qayaq to keep hiKiviuq, one of the greatest and most important characters in Inuit mythology, is said to have travelled over land and sea overcoming obstacles and successfully defeating various fearsome foes In Kiviuq and the Mermaids, young readers experience one of Kiviuq s most heart pounding adventures an encounter with a group of frightening mermaids With only his qayaq to keep him out of their clutches, Kiviuq must think fast to defeat these angry creatures of the deep

    One thought on “Kiviuq and the Mermaids”

    1. Watch out for these mermaids! They will try to drag you under! Excellent retelling of this legend with art that reminded me of John Bolton's work.

    2. In this Inuit tale, the reader learns all about Kiviuq, who was out chasing a seal one day. While the seal was able to elude capture, Kiviuq ended up lost in the middle of the sea. Luckily, he noticed a beautiful mermaid, hoping that she would be able to guide him back to safety. However, her long teeth and black fingernails soon began piercing the skin of his boat and Kiviuq panicked as he sought shore and away from the chaos. While he did drift away and slept, Kiviuq soon found himself in the [...]

    3. Good for kids to get a glimpse of another culture and folklore. The glossary in the back is great and explains how to pronounce all of the new words. The book introduces just enough Inuit words as to be interesting but not overwhelming. The ending is a little abrupt.

    4. Not your typical princessy mermaids in this Inuit tale. They were known as the tuutaliit, and they were frightening angry creatures you would not want to encounter. For children ages eight and up who like to read about the creepy creatures of mythology.

    5. The illustration of the nanuq and saurraq spirits is great, and I liked the idea that, "The elders say that the Inuit only get help from the spirits when they really need it. So, once Kiviuq was safe, he had to rely on his own strength and experience to find his way home." I wanted more of sympathetic-Kiviuk -- the one person who survives this magical storm on account of he wasn't cruel to an orphan. So the encounter with the mermaids felt sort of disappointing to me, because it doesn't rely on [...]

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