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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
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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
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
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
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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
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
Destiny Dawn Long
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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
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...
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.
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