Ice Whale

Ice Whale

Book - 2014
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In 1848, ten-year-old Toozak, a Yupik Eskimo, sees a whale being born and is told by a shaman that he and his descendants must protect that whale, which Toozak names Siku, as long as it lives.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2014]
ISBN: 9780803737457
0803737459
Characteristics: 189 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hendrix, John 1976-

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Sep 26, 2016

Ice Whale is a story of adventure, beauty vs. destruction in nature, and old Eskimo tradition tradition. It all started with Toozak, a young Eskimo boy who accidentally betrayed a pod of bowhead whales by telling Yankee whalers where they lived. But he also witnessed the birth of a whale, who he named Siku. This was an honor in the tribes’ tradition, the head of the Eskimo tribe, called the shaman, placed a curse on him. The curse would not be lifted until Siku saved a Toozak, or a Toozak saved Siku. Then came the story of many generations, all trying to destroy the shaman’s curse.
This is a fantastic novel. Mrs. Gorge expresses a very strong connection between a huge bowhead whale and the young boys and girls protecting it. Another aspect of this book that was enjoyable was that the point of view was shared by the whale, Siku, and the current alive protector. This is a perfect finale to Jean Craighed George’s powerful writing collection.

blue_dog_2471 Jul 16, 2014

It was slow paced and kinda boring

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