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Title:
The girl who dreamed only geese, and other tales of the Far North
Author:
Norman, Howard A.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt Brace, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
xiii, 147 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Gulliver books."
Language:
English
Contents:
The day puffins netted Hid-Well -- Noah hunts a wooly mammoth -- Why the rude visitor was flung by walrus -- Uteritsoq and the duckbill dolls -- The wolverine's secret -- The girl who watched in the nighttime -- The man who married a seagull -- Home among the giants -- How the narwhal got its tusk -- The girl who dreamed only geese.
Reading Level:
600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 4.0 26712.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.7 9 Quiz: 28382 Guided reading level: S.
ISBN:
9780152309794

9780151002610
Format :
Book

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Central Library E99.E7 N63 1997 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

Based on decades of research and extended collaboration with Inuit storytellers, award-winning author Howard Norman's masterful retellings of ten Inuit tales invite readers on a unique story--journey from Siberia and Alaska to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. Dramatic illustrations inspired by stonecut art of the Inuit people capture the beauty and mystery of these stories as they carry us--sometimes laughing, sometimes crying--from village to village over taiga, tundra, snow plains, and the iceberg-filled sea.


Author Notes

Howard Norman was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1949 and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University, the Folklore Institute of Indiana University, and the University of Michigan.

His work with the Cree Indians created an interest and he then got a job as a translator of Native American poems and folktales. He put together a collection of his translations in the book, The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems of the Swampy Cree Indians, which was named the co-winner of the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award by the Academy of American Poets. With the Help of a Whiting Award, he has also written The Northern Lights as well as Kiss in the Hotel, Joseph Conrad and Other Stories, and The Bird Artist, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Five Books of 1994 and won the New England Booksellers Association Prize in Fiction.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. A solid collection for anyone seeking culture-based Inuit stories, these were translated, interpreted, and retold by Norman, who met with Inuit tellers and with others experienced in transposing these ancestral tales. The text passes on the strong nature of traditional oral stories, and the Dillons' illustrations further intensify the action, humor, and drama. Full-color paintings are interspersed with black-and-white friezes, reminiscent of Inuit stonecut artwork. Readers will enjoy poring over the wealth of details contained in the friezes, which closely follow the story line. Because of the Dillons' artistry, few will forget the drama of the blind nephew nursing his feverish, lightning-struck aunt or the agony of the hunter buffeted by puffins. The 10 tales may be surprising to those accustomed to more westernized versions. Besides the title story and the Inuit version of Noah's visit to the Arctic, there is the story of the angry, spitting, snarling, stinking "not-invited man" who tries to displace a village shaman but instead is exiled to be endlessly tossed by walrus. Norman's superb notes on the tales supply extra information. --Karen Morgan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Right from the start‘from the stylized image of the tautly posed girl dreaming of geese on the cover, to the lightly stamped snowflakes that mark the endpapers and divide the chapters, to Norman's (known for The Bird Artist and other works for adults) introduction, in which he describes the intriguing process that shaped these 10 tales‘the care behind this deeply absorbing collection shines forth. These folktales (which Norman describes as "living things, each with its own personal history") cover the range of human experience, from simple domestic dramas to mystical struggles to romance, comedy and even religious parody, as in "Noah Hunts a Woolly Mammoth," which takes a wryly humorous view of the ethics and actions of the familiar Biblical figure. By way of contrast, "The Girl Who Watched in the Nighttime," is a tender story of a girl who guards her cousins by night, rescues them after they are kidnapped and eventually meets her perfect match. The Dillons (Her Stories) draw a ribbon of black-and-white figures in the style of Inuit stone-carving atop each double-page spread to tell each story visually, and pick out the climactic moments for full-page color illustrations. An entirely satisfying and handsome collection that, like all good storytelling, is at its best when read aloud to a child. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-10‘An enchanting collection that transports readers through varied Arctic landscapes. The magical and humorous tales also provide a wellspring of information about Inuit culture. (Nov.) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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