"Those are markers to lead you home," the captain told his son. "People here call them Inukshuks. They say some are as old as time."David wondered at the lichen-covered stones stacked in human shapes,
"Those are markers to lead you home," the captain told his son. "People here call them Inukshuks. They say some are as old as time."
David wondered at the lichen-covered stones stacked in human shapes, but there were so many wonders in this strange land that he gave them little thought.
Then one night, when winter had gone on forever and no one had seen the sun for so very long, a sharp, quick barking woke David. He turned in his bed and looked out of the port. There, at the edge of the shore, two foxes stood in the moonlight. David climbed down the gangplank and ran across the frozen bay. The animals turned and scampered away. David followed, the foxes dancing just out of reach. At last he stopped. Behind him, the ship was gone. Ahead, the foxes melted into the night. David was alone.
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Shortlisted, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration
Shortlisted, Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award
Shortlisted, 2002 Hackamatack Award
2000 The Nautilus children's Picture Book (NAPRA) Honor Book
In simple but poetic language Maxine Trottier evokes the atmosphere of the Northern night, where the ordinary sense of time is altered, and human merges into the landscape.
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A prolific writer and educator, Maxine Trottier makes history come alive in picture books and novels for young readers. Her award-winning titles include Claire's Gift, The Paint Box, and Prairie Willow. Maxine's books have earned the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and twice the Ontario Woman Teacher's Federation Writing Award. Born in Michigan, Maxine is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. and makes her home in Port Stanley, Ontario.