Nanuk, lord of the ice

by Heinz, Brian J., 1946-

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK HEI
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK HEI
Since history began, man and animal have clashed in the ultimate struggle for survival. Even today, deep in the heart of the arctic, the struggle continues: Nanuk, a great polar bear, hunts walrus and seals. Miles away, a human sets out on his own hunting trip. As the great bear hunts his seals, the boy hunts the bear, once again playing out nature's unending cycle of predator and prey, where only the strongest come out alive.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 6^-8. Nanuk the polar bear roams the Arctic ice searching for food. Spying a seal, he stalks it, kills it, and eats it. Meanwhile, a boy leaves his igloo, harnesses his dogs to a hunting sled, and takes off across the snow toward the bear. Just as Nanuk drags another seal from the water, the hunter becomes the hunted, for the dogs attack the bear, and the boy's harpoon grazes his shoulder. After swimming through miles of icy water to safety, "Nanuk was free. And Nanuk was still Lord of the Ice." There's no sentimentality in this depiction of predators and prey in the Arctic, but a strong sense of nobility is evident. The vivid and dignified text gives rise to a series of powerful, narrative oil paintings notable for their subtle use of light and shadow. The appended author's note comments on the history and future of polar bears in their natural habitat. A dramatic picture book and an effective introduction to life in the Arctic. --Carolyn Phelan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Heinz (The Wolves) and Manchess (To Capture the Wind) team up to track a day in the life of a polar bear. Artfully weaving in facts ("In silent grace, nine feet of bear rose upward and balanced motionless"), Heinz allows his readers to absorb information effortlessly as they follow his smashing tale. Hunter becomes hunted when Nanuk the polar bear, scouting for prey, in turn becomes the quarry of an Inuk boy who tracks him with harpoon and sled dogs. The alternating story lines shift like quick-cut camera work, urging the story toward the climactic face-off between bear, boy and dogs. Heinz's keen appreciation for the wild lights up his highly descriptive prose, and his enthusiasm and expertise are equaled by those of Manchess. The artist's magnificent oil paintings are sculpted as if from ice and light, highlighting the drama and dangerous beauty of the region. His illustrations cut to the heart of the tale, vividly conveying the struggle for survival in all its passion. In these pages readers can virtually hear the hiss of sled runners and thunder of paws on snow as the dogs race toward their destination, and feel the splash of frigid seawater as the bear plunges in after his prey. A gripping, edge-of-the-seat ride. Ages 5-9. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Polar bear -- Juvenile fiction.
Polar bear -- Fiction.
Bears -- Fiction.
Animals -- Polar Regions -- Fiction.
Inuit -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Dial Books for Young Readers,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Manchess, Gregory.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0803721943 (hardcover)
0803721951 (lib. bdg.)
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