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Sweetest Kulu Board book – October 1, 2016
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PreS—Just when you thought your library didn't need another picture book about parental love, Kalluk and Neonakis have created this far North fantasy that combines awe and coziness in equal measure. Nestled in a warm snowsuit, baby Kulu (an Inuktitut endearment) receives gifts from a parade of magnificent Arctic well-wishers, including Caribou, Snow Bunting, Narwhal, Land, Sun, and Wind. The poetic text reads like a blessing for a new child, pointing out the splendors of the natural world while also invoking character traits that parents wish to inculcate in their children, such as patience and generosity. The pictures mix the warmth and sweetness of mid-century illustrators such as Mary Blair with an animation-style eye for the dramatic: Neonakis zooms in close, as when Artic Hare's cuddly body fills a spread, and pans out wide to show rugged mountain peaks and tundra vegetation. The length and sophisticated vocabulary of the text may overwhelm the youngest listeners, but nonetheless the book's tender rhythms and endearing images immerse readers in an experience of beauty and connection among living things.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Sweetest Kulu is a lovely bedtime book. Debut author (and lauded Inuit throat singer) Celina Kalluk employs a warm narrative voice to address the child directly, inviting young readers to "dream a little" along with Kulu. The newborn is portrayed as part of a marvelous, intricate web of relationships within the natural world, lazing in the soft grass or snuggling up to the arctic hare. Alexandria Neonakis's illustrations are gorgeous, sometimes depicting Kulu asleep, other times awake and interacting with the creatures that come to bestow their gifts. Even the largest animals, like Muskox and Caribou, are pictured cradling and protecting the baby, creating a sense of peace and safety. . . Young children will be captivated by the stunning beauty of this Arctic world embracing little Kulu, and by the sweet faces of the creatures that love the newborn."
— Quill & Quire
"I really like this story and how it doesn?t feature your traditional talking animal characters, primary colour pictures, or focus on kid-centred issues or problems. The colours feel organic to the text, and the message in the text, and add to the overall appeal of this book.
— CM Magazine
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A beautiful gift as well.