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Una Huna?: What Is This?
English Edition
By (author): Susan Aglukark Illustrated by: Danny Christopher Illustrated by: Amiel Sandland
Susan Aglukark ,

Illustrated by :

Danny Christopher ,

Illustrated by :

Amiel Sandland


Inhabit Media - Iqaluit



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 3, Grade (US) 3, Reading age 8 - 9
Oct 16, 2018
$16.95 CAD


9in x 8 x 1 in | 0.5 lb

Page Count:

36 pages


Colour illustrations
Inhabit Media
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island / General
Children’s / Teenage fiction: General, modern and contemporary fiction
  • Short Description
Ukpik's excited to learn about the tools a captain brings to her camp, but soon worries about what changes they bring. Ukpik realizes that things will change, but love for her family and camp never will.

"A meaningful portrait of a young child living and loving in a unique period of North American history." — ★ Kirkus

Ukpik loves living in her camp in the North with her family and she especially loves thinking up names for her brand new puppy. When a captain from the south arrives to trade with Ukpik's father, she's excited to learn how to use forks, knives, and spoons. At first, Ukpik enjoys teaching the other children how to use these new tools. But soon, she starts to wonder if they'll need to use the new tools all the time, and if that means that everything in camp will change. After a conversation with her grandmother, Ukpik realizes that even though she will learn many new things, her love for her family and camp will never change - and it even inspires her to find a name for her puppy!

Susan Aglukark is Canada’s first Inuk artist to win a Juno. She has also won a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement and she is an officer of the Order of Canada. Susan holds several honorary doctorate degrees and has held command performances. During a career that has spanned more than twenty-five years, Susan’s journey as a singer-songwriter has led her to reflect on who she is, where she comes from and the importance of discovery—discovery of history, culture, and self. This time of reflection, writing, and songwriting has Susan coming back to one area of profound knowing: Inuit are an extraordinary people deeply grounded in a culture forged by their ancestors.

Danny Christopher has travelled throughout the Canadian Arctic as an instructor for Nunavut Arctic College. He is the illustrator of The Legend of the Fog, A Children’s Guide to Arctic Birds, and Animals Illustrated: Polar Bear, and author of Putuguq and Kublu. His work on The Legend of the Fog was nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustration Award. He lives in Toronto with his wife, four children, and two dogs.

Amiel Sandland is an illustrator living in the Toronto area. He studied illustration at Seneca College, eventually specializing in comic arts and character design. He has also dabbled in layout, comics, and props making. Rarely found without a pen in hand, he enjoys drawing animals, monsters, and plants.

"Simple yet realistic cartoon illustrations of the isolated northern tundra complement the book’s thematic content without overpowering the author’s unique perspective. A meaningful portrait of a young child living and loving in a unique period of North American history." —★ Kirkus, STARRED review

"...[A] wonderful look at how different life can be for people of the Arctic."—Calgary Herald

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