The Walrus and the Caribou
A little woman named Guk is the one responsible for breathing life into the world in this story. Her breath is the key to the animals' creation, and she takes her job seriously, noting how the different parts of the animals might be better served on the opposite creature.
For those who enjoy tales of creation and innovation, 'The Walrus and the Caribou' is the book for you.
What I loved: This is a simple folklore tale that captures the imagination. I loved the colorful and cartoonish illustrations on each page, and the simplicity of the story is great for many ages. There's a lot of fun in the walrus and caribou, as well as their silly interactions with the hunters. Guk is delightful, and her personality comes across throughout. The book ends with a question, inviting children to think of the animals they would create if they could - a fun exercise.
What left me wanting more: As a small point, Guk kicks the caribou in the story. I would rather not show this as it is a bad example for children (particularly toddlers who may still be learning that we don't kick people or animals).
Final verdict: Overall, this is a fun picture book about an Indigenous folktale sure to appeal to children with the expressive Guk, animal fun, and fantastic illustrations.