CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 23 . . . . February 17, 2012
A Walk on the Tundra is the story of a grandmother and her young granddaughter taking a walk across the springtime tundra in the North. Bored one morning, Inuujaq is invited to walk with her grandmother. She would much rather wait for her friends to wake up, but you don’t say no to your grandmother. On their walk, Inuujaq learns about the flowers and food that can be made out of the natural worlds of the flowers and plants. By the time she returns home, she knows a little more about the natural world around her and about her grandmother. Inuujaq also gains an interest in learning more about the flora of the harsh north, and she learns that days of just walking can open up a whole new world she never knew about and how to take care of it for the future. The story is followed by a photographic plant glossary and a list of phrases and words in Inuktitut that are used in the book. The photographic glossary lists each plant and flower, along with its nutritional uses and how to recognize it in the wild outdoors.
A Walk on the Tundra is more of an educational reference book than a storybook, missing a conflict or strong plot structure. The characters of Inuujaq, the curious and impatient girl, and her sage grandmother, Silaaq, are gentle guides through the unknown world of the Canadian north in the summertime. The illustrations of the book are simple and colourful, and Qin Leng has helped to liven up the informational text with active, flowing illustrations.
Recommended with reservations.
Stacey Matson has worked in educational and interpretive programming in cultural/historic sites across Canada. She is currently pursuing her MA in children’s literature at the University of British Columbia.
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