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Kumak's River: A Tall Tale from the Far North

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Kumak's River: A Tall Tale from the Far North

by Michael Bania

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This sunny sequel to Kumak's House (2002) and Kumak's Fish (2004, both Alaska Northwest) centers on spring in a remote Alaskan village, when the ice on the frozen river cracks and breaks and jams up at a river bend, flooding the community.


In the Arctic, before winter gives way to buds and flowers, breakup occurs the moment when the ice of a frozen river suddenly breaks apart in a spectacular sight-and-sound show. Massive chunks of ice crunch and pound against one another, pushing their way down river towards the sea. That river will come to visit us today, said Kumak. The water starts rising. It spills out of the river banks, up over the sandy beach, and begins flowing up past the fish racks and boats. As the waters sweep through his village, Kumak and his family take refuge on the roof of his house. In an effort to recover as many of their belonging as possible, Kumak and the village practice the value of community and working together. In this light-hearted, playful adventure, the villagers show respect for nature's immense power as Kumak brings them together to rescue their supplies, toys, household goods, and, finally, Kumak's dogs. Through lively art, humorous text, and informative endnotes, author Michael Bania conveys authentic details on Inupiat village life and provides young readers with a fascinating window into another culture as the life of hapless, yet lovable Kumak continues. Size 0.2" H x 8.3" L x 10.0" W, 32 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780882408873
Author Michael Bania
Age Group 4-7
Book Type paperback

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