Under the Ice is based on the traditional legend about the qallupiluq creatures that reside under the ice and are in constant search for children. Inuk author and language consultant Rachel A. Qitsualik combines this scary story with the comic book style artwork of Jae Korim to create a highly readable tale about a poor grandmother raising her young grandson long ago. This grandmother loses patience with her grandson after the hungry boy begs for some food to eat. Grandmother is unable to provide enough food for the pair despite the generosity of her neighbours.
The Legend of Lightning and Thunder is a traditional story from the Inuit about the origin of thunder and lightning specific to the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. Told in picture book format, the story is told from the perspective of two Inuit orphans. This traditional legend that has been told in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut for centuries, two siblings resort to stealing from their fellow villagers, and inadvertently introduce lightning and thunder into the world.
Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment is the 2008 Greystone publication by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas with assistance from Wangari Maathai and the Dalai Lama. This 61-page book offers a traditional Quechuan parable about achieving larger goals, and power, through a series of small actions, and describes how while a terrible fire rages in a forest, a small hummingbird works tirelessly by carrying single drops of water to help put out the blaze.
While a grandmother ptarmigan tries everything to get a little one to sleep, Grandmother Ptarmigan is actually a traditional Inuit story that explains why ptarmigans cry, Nauk, Nauk and why baby ptarmigans fly so young. Qaunaq Mikkigak, an elder from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, shares a traditional Inuit legend in Grandmother Ptarmigan, written in collaboration with children's author Joanne Schwartz.
The Raven and the Loon is a picture book retelling of a traditional Inuit legend explaining why Raven has black feathers and why Loon has flat feet. Storytellers Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley have created a charming children's book for primary students. In the beginning both the Loon and Raven had white feathers. They both felt their white feathers and snow-covered landscape made for a boring life. Mischievous Raven decided to visit Loon on day in her iglu. Loon was patiently sewing when Raven arrived, chattering non-stop. Then Raven had an idea.
Nanabosho et les cannesberges is the French language edition for Nanabosho and the Cranberries, one of the titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's author, Joseph McLellan and Matrine McLellan. The authors who are teachers believes in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. They take traditional stories about the Ojibwe trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weave a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. The story begins as Nokomis (grandmother) visits a classroom to help the students understand their science lesson about reflections.
Le Petit Orphelin et L'Ours Polaire is the French edition of Inhabit Media's picture book, The Orphan and the Polar Bear. This 32-page picture book is written by Inuk storyteller Sakiasi Qaunaq and illustrated by Eva Widermann. In the world of Inuit traditional stories, animals and humans are not such different creatures. Animals can speak to, understand, and form relationships with humans. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear an orphaned boy who is abandoned on the sea ice by a group of cruel hunters is discovered and adopted by a polar bear elder.
Glooscap, the Beavers and the Sugarloaf Mountain; Glooscap, les castors et le Mont Sugarloaf Klu'skap, kopitk aqq Sugarloaf Mountain is the trilingual traditional story in the Wabanaki Series from Bouton D'or Acadie publishers. This story is told in Mi'kmaq by Serena Sock, translated into English by Allison Mitcham; and retold in French by Rejean Roy. After creating the Mi’kmaq, the great Glooscap was certain that he had established harmony on earth.
Raven Brings the Light is one of the finalists for the First Nation Communities Read 2014–15 selection. Raven Brings the Light is a 48-page picture book that retells the classic Northwest Coast traditional story about the origin of daylight and its importance to the First Nations of the Northwest Coast. Renowned visual artist Roy Henry Vickers has taken the creation story he first heard from Chester Bolton, Tsimshian Chief of the Ravens, from the village of Kitkatla around 1975 and by adding 20 colour paintings has created a magnificent rendering of the story.
The Ice King is written by Allison Mitcham about a Mi'kmaw youth long ago who outsmarted the Ice King. This traditional Mi'kmaq legend offers the account in English, French, and Mi'kmaq. The French text, Le Roi de Glace, is translated by Corinne Gallant; the Mi'kmaq version, Mkumiey Eleke'wit, is written by Serena M. Sark. Because they did not know how to defend themselves against the Ice King, the inhabitants of a Mi'kmaq village risked death every winter - until a day when a brave Mi'kmaw dared to stand up to him. Will he manage to subdue this formidable enemy?