Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk and illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis

 Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk and illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis, Inhabit Media, 9781772271119, 2016

Format: Board book

Rating: (1-5 5 is a starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This beautiful board book is written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk. This is a story of a mother speaking to her newborn child, Kulu, which is a term of endearment given to Inuit babies.  This mother describes to her child the gifts that all of the animals of the Arctic give her. The book is beautifully illustrated with animals including the narwhal, the musk-ox and the polar bear. In this poem each animal bestows a gift such as gentleness, patience or a bit of wisdom upon the little child. The illustrations show the majesty of the animals and the wonder of nature.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a calming bedtime story for young children, ages 2-4. It is also a wonderful book for a kindergarten class to have to learn about some traditional Inuit values.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: March 15, 2017


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