The Orphan and the Polar Bear

The Orphan and the Polar Bear

By Sakiasi Qaunaq; Eva Widermann (Illustrator)

Inhabit Media, Hardcover, 9781926569444, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011


In the world of Inuit traditional stories, animals and humans are not such different creatures. Animals can speak to, understand, and form relationships with humans.
In The Orphan and the Polar Bear an orphaned boy who is abandoned on the sea ice by a group of cruel hunters is discovered and adopted by a polar bear elder. While living in the polar bear’s village, the orphan learns many lessons about survival, but most importantly, he learns something about himself and his own place in the world.
This book—retold for contemporary audiences by Inuit elder Sakiasi Qaunaq and illustrated by internationally renowned artist Eva Widermann—makes this beautiful traditional tale widely accessible for the first time.