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Magic Words by Vanita Oelschlager and Edward Field

Title: Magic Words (From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit)Magic Words

Author: Vanita Oelschlager / Edward Field

Illustrator: Mike Blanc

Publisher: Vanita Books

Published: September 1st, 2013

Rating:  4/5

The story is sensitively and attractively illustrated in a style that will appeal to children as well as adults. What a fantastic way to share a traditional tale of the Inuit people and make it available to a much wider audience!

In 1965 Edward Field translated this creation story from the 1921 expedition notes of Knud Rasmussen and it is presented here with beautiful illustrations by Mike Blanc. It tells the story of a time when people could become animals – and animals were able to become people. All spoke the same language and words were incredibly powerful.

I believe this book could easily be used by teachers in primary schools, exploring traditional tales, promoting discussions about how, if animals and people were able to communicate using the same language and able to change their form it would impact on how they live their lives. It has tremendous potential for stimulating further exploration regarding relationships between animals and humans, attitudes and behaviour.

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk    amazon.com    


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