The Raven's Gift: A True Story from Greenland

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9780618011711: The Raven's Gift: A True Story from Greenland

Home to the musk oxen, narwhal, polar bear, and raven, Greenland—the earth’s largest island—seems to hold the magic and mystery of the far north. What would it be like to visit there? To kayak along its remote shores, dogsled through its tundra, visit its tiny villages?
With charming linoleum block prints, Kelly Dupre follows the long, difficult journey of two men. In simple words, she captures the tenacity and vitality of all that they see—and subtly reveals to children what can be learned from a place like Greenland.

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Kelly Dupre wanted to share with readers the details of her husband's rare, unlikely encounter with a raven and how it affected his arduous, seemingly impossible journey. She and her husband make their home in Grand Marais, Minnesota, where she is a part-time teacher, as well as a writer and an artist. She has made three trips to Greenland, exploring its west and east coasts and its far northern shores. This is her first book for children.

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In her first book for children, Dupre briefly describes her husband's 3,200-mile expedition around Earth's largest island by kayak, skis and dogsled. She makes the daunting Arctic journey comprehensible for young readers with engaging linoleum block prints that chronicle his trek and by zeroing in on his moving encounter with a raven. Primitivist images with thick black outlines recall the art of the Inuit people that her husband, Lonnie, so admires ("I have watched them make beautiful, warm fur clothing by hand and build perfectly fitted kayaks using only their arms and legs for measuring tools"). Spot illustrations depict indigenous wildlife, such as the narwhal, musk oxen and Arctic tern, while sidebars explain the history of the culture and the land (e.g., "The Inuit have lived throughout the Arctic regions for more than 3,000 years"). At the center of the volume is the tale of Lonnie's exchange with a raven, a legendary bird in those parts, whose foot was entangled and who allows the man close enough to free it; in the process, the bird gives him renewed resolve: "Every day I would look for ravens and remember the one who taught me that strength and spirit is in the land, in the sea, and in all living things." A fitting ode to a rough land and a resilient people. Ages 4-8.

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