Siuluk, The Last Tuniq – Nadia Sammurtok, illustrated by Rob Nix


Siuluk, The Last Tuniq – Nadia Sammurtok, illustrated by Rob Nix, Inhabit Media, (9781772271782), 2018

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Folklore

What did you like about the book? The story of Siuluk is based on the “traditional stories from the Chesterfield Inlet area of the Kivalliq region of Nunavut”. The Tuniit were said to have been a race of very strong giants.  It was thought that Siuluk might well be the last tuniq man alive. Carrying a walrus home one day, Siuluk is met by three men who jeer at him, not believing he is really that strong. He proves them wrong by lifting a massive bolder which no man has ever been able to even budge since.  The illustrations, done in somber tones, perfectly suit this legendary tale.

Anything you did not like about this book?  No.

 To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good choice for classrooms doing units on legendary folklore, particularly those from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.

 Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 4/29/2018

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