In The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale, a lonely Inuit woman who adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son. Children will love this traditional Inuit folktale.
The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale is about a lonely old woman who adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son
Then one day jealous villagers threaten the polar bear’s life, forcing him to leave his home and his “mother.”
Children and adults will love this retelling of a traditional Inuit folktale.
Learning Through Literature also recommends these other folk tales – A World Full of Animal Stories: 50 Favorite Animal Folk Tales, Myths, and Legends, The Jungle Books, and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
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A few excerpts:
“And, as is the custom of the Intuit, she shared every good catch with the bear and the whole village.”
“Sadly, the old woman and the children watched him disappear into the distance.”
A few reviews:
“A whimsical tale in which an old Eskimo-Inuit woman adopts an orphan polar bear cub that provides food for her as it grows up. When the men of the village grow jealous of the animal’s superior hunting ability and decide to kill it, she sends it away. . . . Illustrated in muted pastel colors, the pictures capture this stark, yet beautiful, winter world. The clothing styles are of Greenland Inuit but the landscape could be anywhere in the Arctic. The author gives explanations about the background and her research into Inuit tales. A heartwarming selection to fill requests for multicultural picture books and/or books on this region.” School Library Journal
Illustrated in muted pastel colors, the pictures capture this stark, yet beautiful,winter world.” – School Library
Learning Through Literature recommends The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale for its teaching about Inuit culture, folktales, and beautiful artwork.