The Curse Of The Shaman

The Curse Of The Shaman

A Marble Island Story

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Sometimes even shamans get cranky. That was baby Wolverine'smisfortune--to be cursed by an out-of-sorts shaman frustrated by his own babydaughter's incessant crying. Not only has shaman Paaliaq forbidden the futuremarriage of Wolverine to Breath, Paaliaq's beautiful but teary baby girl, hehas cursed Wolverine, banishing him when he becomes a young man. And even when acontrite Paaliaq later revokes the curse, the shaman's even crankier magicanimal will not. Now Wolverine finds himself stranded on a barren island, lockedin a life-or-death struggle to return to his home, his family and a very specialyoung girl.

Michael Kusugak, consummate storyteller and bestselling author,conjures up an Inuit tale of adventure, perseverance and first-time love shotthrough with humanity and humour. This is a story perfect for its pre-teen and'tween audience, where even the strong and the mighty have bad days, the bullygets his due and a dream can come true.

ISBN: 9780006395126
Additional Contributors: Krykorka, Vladyana - Illustrator


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quagga Dec 18, 2009

Finally, after many wonderful picture books for young children, Inuit author Michael Kusugak has written a story for tweens. A baby boy, Wolverine, was cursed by a cranky shaman. He grows up, falls in love with a girl named Breath and then is prevented from being with her because of the curse. It happened long before the whalers and explorers came to the area we now call Hudson's Bay. The storytelling is both simple and compelling, revealing details of the traditional lives of the Inuit people. Grade 5 - 8.

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