What do you admire, which characteristics don’t you like at all, who do you want to be when you are grown up? Growing up means not only finding yourself, but also creating yourself to a certain degree. We are the ones deciding who we are – to a certain level. Because you can never escape who you are, even if you try to pretend on a superficial level.
With “Lessons for the wolf“, Inhabit Media brings another Artic legend to life and captures young readers with the fascinating world of Inuit mythology. Here, they meet a wolf who spends his days admiring all the other animals of the tundra. He is filled with love for the tundra, wants to be part of it – wants to be more than “just a wolf”. Making a plan he collects a pair of caribou antlers, steals owl feathers and scrounges up wolverine hair.
But when the magic of the Land finally grants his wish and he becomes a mixture of all the animals he admired, this wolf finds out that what he admires may not be what he really wants in the end… Near starving, weak and lonely he learns an important message: “you cannot admire beauty by becoming it.”
With a quite complex message “Lessons for the wolf” is a mystic tale for Kindergarten- and elementary-school-aged children. Our almost-four-year-old loved the story and was fascinated by the emotions of the main character, but didn’t quite get the message right – according to her this story was about “dressing up” and she couldn’t understand why it didn’t make the wolf happy. She loved this Northern legend anyway, as did I! “Lessons for the wolf” is a wonderful way to introduce children to a culture they wouldn’t get in contact with otherwise.
Inhabit Media, an Inuit-owned publishing company with a head office located in Iqaluit, Nunavut, has been working to encourage Arctic residents to share their stories and their knowledge. Almost every book Inhabit Media publishes is also available in Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun. “One of our aims is to ensure that Arctic voices are heard and that they have the opportunity to contribute to Canadian literature. Since our inception, Inhabit Media has been working with elders and storytellers to ensure that the rich story-telling culture of the Inuit is preserved and passed on. As well, we have been working with elders, hunters, and knowledgeable residence to ensure that the rich traditional knowledge about the environment is not lost.”
Please enjoy our review of “Leah’s mustache party” by the same publisher!