Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Under the Ice” as Want to Read:
Under the Ice
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Under the Ice

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1 Rating  ·  0 Reviews
Winter can be cruel in the Arctic, and food quickly grows scarce for those who cannot hunt. In these difficult times, the grandmother of an orphaned boy wishes aloud for the qallupaluit—strange, monstrous creatures that live under the sea ice—to take her grandson away forever. The old woman soon regrets her hasty words when the little boy is snatched and carried away. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Inhabit Media
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Under the Ice, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Under the Ice

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-29)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dorcas
Feb 25, 2014 Dorcas rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens, netgalley
Keep in mind that a one star rating is personal. One star simply means that I did not personally like it. It does NOT mean that the author's book is badly written.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this, it just looked like a cute little arctic fairy tale. But it's of the dark, scary Brothers Grimm variety and would give me nightmares as a child for sure.

The story starts off with a little boy playing with ice chunks and banging them around. He irritates his Grandmother and she makes the passing r
...more
Sarah
Jun 03, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I read this to my daughters aged 7 and 4 and they loved it. As other reviewers have noted, this story doesn't have the same narrative closure, obvious message and explanation of events that many readers of European folklore are used to. I don't think this is necessarily a problem - in fact, I found it made the book much more of a discussion starter. My seven-year old was bursting with questions and comments about how the 'punishment' of the grandmother didn't really fit her 'crime', the nature ...more
Daniel
Qitsualik's interest in bringing Inuit tradition/storytelling to Inuit (and other) youth in a manner that they might actually absorb...comic books... is truly admirable. And while the art and story are basically quite interesting, I think this falls short of its goal.

The art is fantastic. Jae Korim's work deserves to be acknolwedged. Any youngster who's grown up with comics or graphic novels will appreciate this art work. There's definitely a sense of comic-book style, but there's also a strong
...more
The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}
Review of Under the Ice by Rachel A. Qitsualik
5 stars

I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy, provided for my fair and impartial review.

Major kudos to accomplished author Rachel A. Qitsualik, who has set forth to bring the almost-lost legends and tales of the Inuit to the printed page, so as to both preserve them, and to bring them to a new generation of readers not accustomed to these tales. “Under the Ice” is smoothly written, and Ms. Qitsualik takes extra care to round out her characters, and
...more
Emilia P
Jun 07, 2013 Emilia P rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-stuff, prepub
I've got a couple of titles from Inhabit Media, and am excited to learn more about the Inuit experience. This was a pretty cool, and fableishly-told story about a little boy who gets taken away by the under-the-ice people, who treat him as their own and teach him their warrior ways, which, in the end, help him to be a pretty cool guy when the folks from the village come to get him back. I really did like the story, and am starting to have an appetite for Inuit myths (who knew!) -- but as other ...more
Lisa Miller Chandler
This short children's story was interesting to me because it is from a different country / region and is somewhat of a fairy tale ~ folk tale. I greatly appreciate tales like that which have been passed on for years.

The story also has the element if teaching a moral story ... Perhaps be careful what you wish for (when the grandmother wished her grandson be taken away out if anger), and even that people (the child) can come to love others as family if they are given live and respect even if they
...more
Destiny Dawn Long
Full review available on my blog: http://destinydawnlong.wordpress.com/...

Excerpt:

Under the Ice is based on a traditional Inuit story about an old woman whose grandson is carried off by the qallupaluit. The quallupaluit are strange creatures who live beneath the ice, and stories about them have long been used to scare children into staying away from the shore. In the forward, Kalluk explains that “Inuit stories are magical, strange, and often scary”–and that kids today are exposed to fewer of t
...more
Cathy
Apr 01, 2013 Cathy rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Was intrigued by Inuit tale w/forward mentioning cool, creepy creatures as part of Inuit mythology.

Artwork and illustrations are top notch and wonderful at highlighting the above, but the story itself was a little lacking, perhaps a little too matter of fact and doesn't sound like it'd work if told aloud.

Still, a worthwhile book to mention to 3rd grade students for possible leapfrog to other titles...
Kate
This one has an Inuit illustrator! Yay! The qallupiluk looks scary, but seems more harmless in this tale than in others. They just want to hang out on the ice and not get hunted by humans.
Elisabeth
Elisabeth rated it liked it
Mar 23, 2013
Rebecca
Rebecca rated it really liked it
Jan 02, 2015
Adam
Adam rated it it was ok
Apr 27, 2013
Brenda
Brenda rated it liked it
Jan 20, 2014
Brandy
Brandy rated it really liked it
Sep 17, 2016
Deb
Deb marked it as to-read
Feb 13, 2013
Jay
Jay marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2013
Elise
Elise marked it as to-read
Mar 29, 2013
Jillian
Jillian marked it as to-read
Jun 06, 2015
Erin
Erin marked it as to-read
Jul 30, 2015
Jenny
Jenny added it
Aug 12, 2013
Dominica
Dominica marked it as to-read
Oct 10, 2013
Amanda
Amanda added it
Feb 20, 2014
Dalene
Dalene added it
Mar 17, 2014
Laura
Laura marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2014
Kirsten
Kirsten marked it as to-read
Jun 13, 2014
Shannon
Shannon marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2014
Patience Virtue
Patience Virtue marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »