Sweetest Kulu by Celina KallukSweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

Sweetest Kulu

byCelina KallukIllustratorAlexandria Neonakis

Board Book | April 6, 2016

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"Dream a little, Kulu, this world now sings a most beautiful song of you."

This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.

Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu; an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.

A perfect gift for new parents.

Celina Kalluk was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, to Zipporah Kalluk and Leonard Thibodeau. Celina has two brothers and five sisters, one sister-niece, and many more beautiful nieces and nephews. She also has four daughters of her own, Jazlin, Aulaja, Saima, and Ramata. She dedicates this book to all the mothers and fathers o...
Title:Sweetest KuluFormat:Board BookProduct dimensions:30 pages, 6 × 7.5 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:6 × 7.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 6, 2016Publisher:Inhabit MediaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:177227111X

ISBN - 13:9781772271119


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking I love learning about different cultures through stories like this. Beautiful artwork and meaning throughout. As a child, one of my favourite titles was Julie of the Wolves (3 part series, for older kids, mind you) and this book brought me back to that landscape and the magic of the arctic wildlife that greatly inspired my imagination and interests growing up. Kulu being an Inuktitut term of endearment makes this relatably readable to your own little "Kulu" at home. I love reading this to my daughter, even though she does not yet understand all of it. In our home teaching respect, kindness and lessons of the land, nature and wildlife kingdom are so fundamental to raising the kids who will inherit all our mistakes down the road, in hopes they will have the compassion and determination to help heal the earth. That's a big calling but I feel starting them off with beautiful stories like this is the first step. A must for your baby's first library!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sweet story this is an adorable story with wonderful illustrations
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sweet! This is a very sweet story. It is on my wish list for books.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Book for New Parents Are you looking for the perfect gift to give to someone with a new little person in their life? Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk and Alexandria Neonakis is one absolutely perfect book for any new parent. A lyrical story featuring the natural elements and the animals of the Arctic and the gifts they bestow upon new baby Kulu. Kulu is an Inuktitut term of endearment referring to smallness. Sweetest Kulu is given kindness, tenderness, creativity, and spontaneity. Just be forewarned that you may get a little teary reading this one, especially if you are parent to be or riding those first days/weeks/months of parenthood, this beautiful little story will tug right at your heartstrings. The illustrations are simply stunning. This book will be a keepsake to be passed along from parent to child. It's the perfect bedtime story to ensure your little one knows how much they are valued and loved and how much potential they have in this world.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Beautiful illustrations! The story is lovely as well
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely Illustrations This would make a wonderful gift to a new parent to read to a little one.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! We received this book as a gift. The story is lovely and the illustrations are beautiful. I really like how this book exposes children to Inuit culture and animals, as each animal native to this region brings a gift to Baby Kulu. There is lots for children to look at in this book, talk about, and learn about.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just lovely! A beautiful story with lovely illustrations! My kids love this story of the sweet baby and his friends in nature!
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story and Illustrations This makes a beautiful baby gift. The illustrations are beautiful and its a wonderful story that incorporates Canadian Arctic animals. This is a keeper.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I buy this for all the babies in my life. It has such a beautiful message and the illustrations are colourful and breathtaking. I also love the exposure to the Canadian arctic and its animals, especially those who are rarely represented in children's books.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from cute really helps the kids learn. i did not like the pictures as i found them too vulgar
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book I love reading this book to my little girl. You can tell it comes from a translation but the story is lovely and the illustrations are beautiful. A great piece of Canadiana!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet book I could read again and again I was looking for some board books for my new niece and was attracted by the lovely cover of Sweetest Kulu by author Celina Kalluk an Inuit throat singer. The story tells of the gifts given to a newborn by the animals of the arctic. The language is gentle and flowing and had a calming effect on me. I learned that the word Kulu is an Inuit term of endearment. How perfect for a baby book. Little Kulu is dressed in a teal outfit on each page as is a different arctic animal. I particularly loved the pages with the arctic char, the snow bunting and my absolute favourite was the narwhal beluga page. If I could have a print suitable for framing, that would be the page. The book is illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis. This book provides plenty of material for both parents and children to enjoy. As the child grows older, they can learn the animals, colours, flowers and even play act the feeling that are introduced. This is a book that I could enjoy reading again and again.
Date published: 2016-06-22

Editorial Reviews

"Complementing Kalluk's words are gorgeous illustrations by Alexandria Neonakis."