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A Walk on the Tundra

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During the short Arctic summers, the tundra, covered most of the year under snow and ice, becomes filled with colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens. These hardy little plants transform the northern landscape, as they take advantage of the warmer weather and long hours of sunlight. Caribou, lemmings, snow buntings, and many other wildlife species depend on tundra p ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 40 pages
Published October 14th 2011 by Inhabit Media Inc.
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Manybooks
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children, parents, teachers interested in tundra plants and their uses
A young Inuit girl accompanies her grandmother on a walk on the springtime northern Canadian tundra, the grandmother teaching and the granddaughter listening and learning about tundra plants, and their many uses. And really A Walk on the Tundra is therefore and really more educational than an actual story with conflicts and subsequent resolutions, but it nevertheless is a sweet and enlightening excursion onto the tundra and its many, often unconsidered botanical treasures (and the relationship b ...more
Elizabeth
A Walk On the Tundra (another book in my quest to read as much Inhabit Media content as possible) tells the story of a young girl going out for a walk on the tundra with her grandmother. The book provides factual information about tundra plant life, a touching image of a grandmother / granddaughter relationship, a touching representation of how we connect with our homeland, and a message against littering. The illustrations are absolutely adorable, and the story itself is genuinely more than I w ...more
LauraW
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, but I am a bit worried about its audience. It is pretty wordy for a picture book and, unless the reader is already a bit knowledgeable about the tundra, it takes a bit to figure out why the grandmother is pointing out the various plants. It is great to have the index and information in the back.
Rachel
This is for more advanced readers. The story is a warm tale about a child learning of tundra plants from her grandmother. A helpful glossary of the Inuktitut words used is in the back, as well as further information on the plants named.
Rebecca
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about going back to your roots. Also, a wonderful way to learn about plant life on the tundra!
Aaron
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story starts with a bored young girl laments that she is not able to stay up as late as her friends during the long Arctic nights, meaning that she wakes up much earlier and has no one to play with. When her grandmother leaves her home on an outing, young Inuujaq hopes she is heading to the store and will buy some food to share, but her grandmother invites her on quite a different outing, one to find edible plants.

At first Inuujaq is reluctant but feels she must listen to her grandmother, b
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FM Family
This was one that, though long, engaged my 3.5 year old a lot more than I expected. A word to the wise, there are a lot of plant names in here that are said in the characters' native language, so if you're reading aloud, make sure to familiarize yourself with the pronunciation before you dive in. A nice book showing an #Ownvoices story of indigenous family in a northern community, and the transfer of knowledge from an elder in an informal and engaging way. A good reminder that kids' curiosity ca ...more
Karl
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Inuit storybook filled with traditional ecological knowledge on plant medicines. The book is also filled with Inuktitut language all the while being gorgeously illustrated. I’ve said this before. The Inuit have done a fantastic job of preserving and teaching their stories, culture, and language through children’s literature. There are numerous books by highly talented Inuit writers and artists that children of all cultures can enjoy.
Kathy
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations but I am a bit worried about how my grandkids will relate to it.
There is not really a story, more a slice of life, although I loved the orange pop can subplot!
The story is a bit much for a picture book. The interest level is higher than the format. I think I'll have to condense some text.
I do like having a book for them with Inuit characters, particularly a Grandma!
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Erin
I love this title. A young girl and her grandmother go for a walk on the tundra. The pictures are bold and the story familiar. Inhabit Media keeps turning out beautiful books that never disappoint.
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