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On the Shoulder of a Giant: An Inuit Folktale

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Based on a pan-Arctic Inuit traditional story, this book continues the familiar trope of the friendly giant, while featuring some uniquely Arctic elements and scenery
Inukpak was big, even for a giant. He loved to walk across the tundra, striding over the widest rivers and wading through the deepest lakes. He could walk across the Arctic in just a few days. But being so
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 30th 2015 by Inhabit Media
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Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this wonderful retelling of an Inuit folktale, the author tells of Inukpak, a massive giant who roams around the Arctic. He wades through the water and fishes for whales with his bare hands, in search of all the North has to offer. When he encounters a human, he immediately takes him to be a child and adopts him as his own. This man, a hunter by trade, is so baffled that he is unsure what do to, other than listen to the mighty Inukpak. They traverse the North and find themselves in many adven ...more
My daughter is afraid of giants. She’s three so this isn’t exactly out of the norm. However, it does cut out a portion of her potential reading material. Not all giants fall under this stricture, mind you. She doesn’t seem to have any problem with the guys in Giant Dance Party and “nice” giants in general get a pass. Still, we’ve had to put the kibosh on stories like Jack and the Beanstalk and anything else where getting devoured is a serious threat. Finding books about good giants is therefore ...more
On The Shoulder of a Giant (the next book in my quest to read as much Inhabit Media as I can get) is based on a traditional Inuit story that I am familiar with, but have not read a full version of, until now. An arctic giant adopts a hunter as his son, believing he is a small child. The story is incredibly cute and full of adventure, and the illustrations are adorable.

I definitely recommend this one for all ages.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Based on a traditional Inuit folktale, this picture book shows what happens when a massive giant takes an interest in a small human. Inukpak was big even for a giant. When he walked across the land, he could easily step over rivers and wade the deepest lakes. He could cross the Arctic on foot in only a few days, fishing for whales along the coasts. Then one day he met a hunter, whom he mistook for a little child. Before the hunter knew what has happening, Inukpak had adoped him as a son and plac ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the far North, a giant named Inukpak wandered the land. He was large even for a giant and ‘could walk from one end of the Arctic to the other in just a few days.” His idea of fishing was to wade into the ocean and scoop up a whale for his dinner. One day Inupak came across a lone hunter out on the tundra. Inupak thought the small human was a lost child, so he scooped him up, placed the man on his shoulder, and adopted him as his son. At first the man was not pleased with the arrangement, but ...more
Stories about big friendly giants fascinate young readers, and this one, set in the Artic, is no exception despite its brevity. So large is Inukpak that he easily catches whales for his dinner and can carry a human hunter on his shoulder. Based on an Inuit folktale, this picture book contains many images of the friendly giant who decided to adopt a human, and it also speculates that giants haven't disappeared. They are simply sleeping, covered by vegetation, and will awaken after centuries have ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun and refreshing read. Love, love, love the illustrations!!
Sep 11, 2015 added it
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My favorite part was when the giant throws the polar bear into the ocean - it was unexpectedly hilarious.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, simple story, with lovely, richly colored illustrations. I just hope the hunter didn't have a family waiting at home for him!
Edward Sullivan
Giant Inukpak adopts a human hunter in the Arctic. An entertaining traditional Inuit tale.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Didn't know about the giants of the arctic before reading this; verrry interesting and the illustrations are fun. Reading new (to me) mythology/folklore always gets me buzzing.
Chelsea Ferrin
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Picture Book. This is a great book to use in exploring various cultures as well as point of view.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations!
Natalie  Sapkarov Harvey
Love the illustrations. The story ended abruptly, though. And I would have appreciated a bibliography for more Inuit tales.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This Inuit folktale is beautifully illustrated in picture book format. In this book we meet a Giant who is gentle and adopts a human adult as his child and takes him on many adventures.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Inukpak, “pronounced ‘ee-newk-pak,’” is a giant so large that he mistakes a whale for a small fish, a polar bear for a lemming, and a full grown human for a tiny child. When a lost Inuit hunter encounters him for the first time, the hunter finds himself unwillingly adopted by the giant—because who’s going to argue with someone that big? Perched on Inukpak’s huge shoulder the hunter learns what the arctic looks like from a gigantic point of view.

This beautifully illustrated tale also has an info
Sandy Brehl
The fourth star is primarily due to the fact that few Innuit/Arctic Aboriginal tales have been addressed in picture books, so it is a welcome addition and might at least start some conversations or further research. This is one of the few picture books being released that is text-heavy, but the images with it are effective in comparing size/scale for this Bunyan-esque legendary giant.
There are several resource notes at the back, and he author made a sincere effort to reveal his background and r
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
An Inuit folktale about a giant who befriends a human
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-alouds
Great start but very abrupt and unsatisfying ending.
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