Nutik & Amaroq Play Ball

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Amaroq is a lively Eskimo boy who fives at the top of the world with his best friend, Nutik, the wolf pup. Amaroq was named after a great wolf leader; Nutik is the wolf leader's grandpup. The boy and the wolf pup are like brothers.

One day Amaroq and Nutik want to play football, but their ball has disappeared. What shall they do? Listening to and observing Nutik's wolf talk, Amaroq follows him outside. The two friends wander out onto the tundra, where there are no trees, no paths, and no landmarks to help them find their way home again. Amaroq is afraid they are lost, but then he remembers what the great wolf leader he was named after would do. By observing nature and following what it says, Amaroq and Nutik are safe again-but not before finding a surprise for both of them!

Amaroq and Nutik's adventure follows the first picture book about them, Nutik, the Wolf Pup, and continues the Arctic saga about these characters originally drawn from Julie's Wolf Pack, sequel to the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves.

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Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in a family of naturalists, Jean George has centered her life around writing and nature. She attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating with degrees in English and science. In the 1940s she was a member of the White House press corps and a reporter for the Washington Post. Ms. George, who has written over 90 books - among them My Side of the Mountain (Dutton), a 1960 Newbery Honor Book, and its sequels On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful's Mountain (both Dutton) - also hikes, canoes, and makes sourdough pancakes. In 1991, Ms. George became the first winner of the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association's Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented to her for the "consistent superior quality" of her literary works.

Her inspiration for the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves evolved from two specific events during a summer she spent studying wolves and tundra at the Arctic Research Laboratory of Barrow, Alaska: "One was a small girl walking the vast ad lonesome tundra outside of Barrow; the other was a magnificent alpha male wolf, leader of a pack in Denali National Park ... They haunted me for a year or more, as did the words of one of the scientists at the lab: 'If there ever was any doubt in my mind that a man could live with the wolves, it is gone now. The wolves are truly gentlemen, highly social and affectionate.'"

The mother of three children, Jean George is a grandmother who has joyfully red to her grandchildren since they were born. Over the years Jean George has kept 173 pets, not including dogs and cats, in her home in Chappaqua, New York. "Most of these wild animals depart in autumn, when the sun changes their behavior and they feel the urge to migrate or go off alone. While they are with us, however, they become characters in my books, articles, and stories."

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Ages 5-7. This sequel to Nutik, the Wolf Pup (2000), shows Nutik taking the lead as he and Amaroq, an Eskimo boy, walk across the tundra. Although some "pranksters" in the village have taken the football that Nutik and Amaroq play with each day, Nutik is still anxious to go outside. He soon leads Amaroq far away from the village to a rusty barrel, where they find the missing football. After playing ball, Amaroq attempts to lead Nutik back to the village, only to discover that Nutik has the better sense of direction. Children will enjoy the simple story and learn a bit about life on the tundra; jacket flap notes identify Barrow, Alaska, as the scene of the story. Stretching across wide double-page spreads, Rand's lively illustrations glow with intense colors in this pleasing story of modern-day Eskimo life. Carolyn Phelan
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