Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails

Paperback | August 1, 1993

byMichael KusugakIllustratorVladyana Krykorka

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Northern Lights is a beautiful tale that explores the mystical aspects of the northern lights in Inuit culture.

Scientists have their own explanations for the phenomenon that occurs when the night sky shimmers with milky white patterns, or displays all the colors of the rainbow. But the Inuit prefer their own explanation: They believe the souls of the dead are engaging in a lively game of soccer, just as they did when they were living. They run all over the sky chasing a walrus head that they use for a soccer ball.

This is the story of Kataujaq and the intimate relationship she has with her mother. They do almost everything together; they hug, rub noses and say "Mamaq" which means "You smell so nice." But a great sickness comes and Kataujaq's mother is taken south to the white people's hospital and never comes back. Kataujaq grieves, but is also able to rejoice when she and her grandmother watch the northern lights.

This book celebrates family life, intimacy and the glory of nature.

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Based on an Inuit tale about the mystical aspects of the northern lights--the souls of the dead play soccer using a walrus head as the ball--the author tells about the death of a young girl's mother, grieving, and rejoicing when watching the northern lights. Full color illustrations

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Northern Lights is a beautiful tale that explores the mystical aspects of the northern lights in Inuit culture. Scientists have their own explanations for the phenomenon that occurs when the night sky shimmers with milky white patterns, or displays all the colors of the rainbow. But the Inuit prefer their own explanation: They bel...

Michael Kusugak grew up in the Arctic Circle. His books have been teaching children about life in the north for almost 20 years. Michael lives in Rankin Inlet in northern Canada. Vladyana Krykorka is the celebrated illustrator of more than 30 books for children. She is a lover of Inuit culture and has traveled to the Arctic many t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 10.5 × 8.25 × 0.12 inPublished:August 1, 1993Publisher:Annick Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550373382

ISBN - 13:9781550373387

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Based on an Inuit tale about the mystical aspects of the northern lights--the souls of the dead play soccer using a walrus head as the ball--the author tells about the death of a young girl's mother, grieving, and rejoicing when watching the northern lights. Full color illustrations

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“... Kusugak is possibly the most gifted children’s writer today and this latest book proves my point.” —Kingston Whig-Standard