[ epub pdf ] Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk TaleAuthor Vanita Oelschlager – Collateralloan.co

The Arctic region of North America is a land of long days, icy cold, hardy people and peculiar creatures The Inuit people there have made traditional use of remarkable folk tales to find truth and explain the mysteries of an astonishing world In Fish Boy An Inuit Folk Tale, Vanita Oelschlager retells a tale passed down by a wise old Inuit It s an origin story involving a little magic and a very odd boy with a large heart for friendship On a journey with his new father, he must confront misfortune and the malice of cold hearted villagers But he has a wayand a lesson for all in the virtues of kindness and hospitality Here then, is high praise for the tale tellers for the richness, diversity and creativity they send from the top of the world and so, also Fish Boy, An Inuit Folk Tale, retold here and lavishly illustrated for a new generation After all, that is how ancient folk tales and truth live on in the telling

5 thoughts on “Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale

  1. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    5 The wise old Inuit, Teragloona, said to me, Soon we will go to the two islands the white trader calls Diomedes They lie between our land and the big land where the fathers of our fathers fathers fathers came from What a delightfully told and illustrated Inuit folktale The boy telling the story goes with Teragloona and the men across the waters between the islands in the Bering Strait The book opens with a double page spread showing the Diomedes Islands with their Inuit names, meaning Yesterday Island and Tomorrow Island Between them lie The Waters of the Change of Days.He sees a floating island which turns out to be an enormous mass of puffins They rise and settle, rise and settle on the water, and when he asks why, Tergloona promises to tell him the story when they return.This is that story, and an inventive one it is, about a boy who is something like a mermaid but with no arms, and he can live on land He helps an injured fisherman catch fish and is adopted, but other villages envy this extra help, which leads to some trouble Eventually, the result is that the bad people become puffins, but of course the real story and the illustrations are far entertaining and beautiful than these notes My Goodreads review includes a picture of Teragloona My Goodreads review includes a picture of the boat sailing between the islands As I recall, the author always includes a glossary of terms, when necessary, and some extra information and suggestions for extension activities I m going to quote one bit here which is interesting Diomedes Two small islands between the United States and Russia, separated by the international date line which, if you could stand there, you d have one foot in today, one foot in tomorrow The Diomedes Islands are also known as Nunarbuk Thanks to NetGalley and the author for the copy to review It s available as Read Now for all NetGalley members Lovely

  2. @effy_reads @effy_reads says:

    I am a big fan of Vanita Oelschlager s book and this one did not disappoint.Telling the story of how a young fish boy with no arms was able to help a fisherman and find acceptance amongst the village, this was a really beautiful story As always with Oelschlager s books, it is beautifully illustrated and a true joy to turn each page and find to enjoy.This book skews slightly older than other Oelschlager books that I have read and is probably appropriate for independent readers however it could easily be enjoyed together and read aloud with a little time.

  3. MasterReader MasterReader says:

    A copy was provided to read and review If you, like me, enjoy to read interesting folktales or legends from all over the world, you should try and give this beautiful picture book a closer look.Our narrator, a young Inuit boy, finds himself on a boat with men from his village, when they are hit by a very thick fog.They are on their way to one of the Diomedes Islands for trading, which are situated in the Bering Strait The Bering Strait borders with the Arctic and runs between Russia and the USA and between the two Diomedes Islands runs the International Date Line, which means if you cross from one island to the other you ll have a different date.Because of it the two islands are also called Tomorrow Island Big Diomede and Yesterday Isle Little Diomede.As the village elder on the boat knows the waters like the inside of his pocket, they arrive safely, despite not being able to see where they are heading When they get close to their final destination, the young boy sees a vast amount of sea parrots or puffins and wants to know why there are so many and that s where our folktale of the little Fish Boy begins.We hear how there was once a man, who could not hunt because he was lame, but was able to fish for a living One day he has a rather strange encounter, a little boy, who looks a bit like a merman, but without arms and with feet instead of fins, emerges from the water in front of him.The boy tells him, he is lonely and wants to be his son and eventually the old guy is persuaded to take him on, but was it a wise decision He is already struggling to fish enough to feed himself and now there s the Fish Boy who has no arms.Will their bond work and will the two manage to get by without going hungry Beautifully illustrated this is a unique story about compassion, resourcefulness, hospitality and differently abled people and how they are viewed and treated And a litte bit of magic is thrown in as well.Some of the expressions are in Inuit language and therefore difficult for young children, but there is a helpful glossary at the end of the book, where we also find interesting ideas for discussion and a short bio of author and illustrator.The splendid maps at the start and end of Fish Boy are a huge joy to look at and a wonderful way to get the wee ones interested in the Bering Strait and all things geography in general.The Fish Boy is a very beautiful retelling of an old Inuit Folk Tale which will have your kids think differently about people with disabilities and their amazing ingenuity to adapt to their situation and they will also learn how to get from tomorrow to yesterday in a couple of hours.4 star shaped puffin footprints from me.

  4. Clare O'Beara Clare O'Beara says:

    I love the art on every page, which immerses us fully in the frozen north, with icy water, puffins or sea parrots, Native communities and polite customs.A boy who doesn t walk like everyone else accompanies his father in a canoe on a journey On the way he learns the legend of the Fish Boy and how people who helped him prospered while those who were unkind came to a sticky end Good principles include hospitality, respect for elders, appreciating the contribution of those less able, and how different communities survive extreme climates.This short book will be enjoyed by kids and adults Great to spark class or family discussions.I downloaded an e ARC from Net Galley This is an unbiased review.

  5. Y.S. Stephen Y.S. Stephen says:

    Fish Boy tells an old Inuit s tale about the meeting of Kitmesuk and a strange water creature It reveals how both save each other s lives and teaches us the benefits of kindness and compassion.WHO WOULD ENJOY READING IT Fans of fables and folktales.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ITThough the book seems to be for young children, the text seems to be at the level of pre teens The art is gorgeous, but the story could do with a bit suspense..Fish Boy An Inuit Folk Tale by Vanita Oelschlager and Mike Blanc is available to buy on all major online bookstores Many thanks to Vanita Books for review copy.