Ice Whale

Ice Whale

Book - 2014
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From the most celebrated children's nature writer of our time comes a posthumous new novel in the tradition of her Newbery award-winning Julie of the Wolves

In 1848 in Barrow, Alaska, a young Eskimo boy witnesses a rare sight--the birth of a bowhead, or ice whale, that he calls Siku. But when he unwittingly guides Yankee whalers to a pod of bowhead whales, all the whales are killed. For this act, the boy receives a curse of banishment. Through the generations, this curse is handed down. Siku, the ice whale, returns year after year, in reality and dreams, to haunt each descendant. The curse is finally broken when a daughter recognizes and saves the whale, and he in turn saves her. Told in alternating voices, both human and whale, Jean Craighead George's last novel is an ambitious and touching take on the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the earth they depend on.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
ISBN: 9780803737457
Branch Call Number: j F GEORGE J
Characteristics: 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sep 26, 2016

Ice Whale is a story of adventure, beauty vs. destruction in nature, and old Eskimo tradition tradition. It all started with Toozak, a young Eskimo boy who accidentally betrayed a pod of bowhead whales by telling Yankee whalers where they lived. But he also witnessed the birth of a whale, who he named Siku. This was an honor in the tribes’ tradition, the head of the Eskimo tribe, called the shaman, placed a curse on him. The curse would not be lifted until Siku saved a Toozak, or a Toozak saved Siku. Then came the story of many generations, all trying to destroy the shaman’s curse.
This is a fantastic novel. Mrs. Gorge expresses a very strong connection between a huge bowhead whale and the young boys and girls protecting it. Another aspect of this book that was enjoyable was that the point of view was shared by the whale, Siku, and the current alive protector. This is a perfect finale to Jean Craighed George’s powerful writing collection.

blue_dog_2471 Jul 16, 2014

It was slow paced and kinda boring


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