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Kumak's House: A Tale of the Far North

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At the edge of a great frozen river, Kumak and his family lived in their house by the willows. Though their house was warm and cozy, Kumak was not happy. His wife was not happy. His sons and daughters were not happy. His wife's mother was not happy. "Too small, this house," said Kumak. "I will go to see Aana Lulu. She will know what to do." Set in an Inupiat Eskimo village ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Alaska Northwest Books (first published April 2002)
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Ashly Schuette
Kumak's House is essentially a story about learning to appreciate what you have. A family struggles with the size of their house, until the wise elder of the village advises them to invite in all the animals of the neighborhood. When the animals finally leave, the family appreciates the quiet and spacious room in the house that they once complained about.

This tale of the far north teaches a lesson on being appreciative of who and what you have, because it could be worse. The characters include b
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Dolly
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a humorous Alaskan-themed version of the classic Yiddish folktale It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale. The narrative is entertaining and offers a glimpse into life in an Inupiat Eskimo village. The illustrations are colorful and complement the story nicely.
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This traditional Yiddish tale takes an Alaskan twist when Kumak’s family is unhappy with the size of their home. “Unhappy is the mukluk on too big a foot, says Aana Lulu, which sets Kumak off to find happiness only to find it in the place he started. Bania’s cartoonish characters in watercolor and ink earn the reader’s love and sympathy.
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