Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit by Edward Field

Received from NetGalley for review.

Magic Words is a beautifully illustrated tale of an Inuit creation story.

The story itself is very short and simple, told in an easy yet beautiful verse – this would be an excellent book to have as a parent or teacher, to begin thinking and learning about the Inuit culture. Even though it’s short, it will definitely generate a lot of interesting discussion and creativity. I, for one, love learning about different cultures and believe it is extremely important for people to know as much as they can about other people, and this charming little book is a great starting point.

The illustrations are lovely – bright colours and sweeping lines have created vivid images of people and animals, and brought to life a very old way of life. It’s a real feast for the eyes, and we all know how important that is, especially in children’s books. It makes me want to pick up some paint, a massive white canvas, and go wild (and I am most definitely not artistically inclined).

As far as colourful and interesting children’s books go, I can’t fault it. In sixteen pages it creates a lot of magic. A delightful little read.

Read: 13th March 2016

4/5 stars

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