In the past, Arctic animals did not look as they do today, but they could communicate just as well as humans can!In The Walrus Who Escaped, young readers learn that walruses once had spiraled, curly t
In the past, Arctic animals did not look as they do today, but they could communicate just as well as humans can!
In The Walrus Who Escaped, young readers learn that walruses once had spiraled, curly tusks, not the long, straight tusks we recognize.
When Raven came across Walrus expertly diving for clams, he quickly became jealous of Walrus's great clam-hunting skills. So, as Walrus was about to surface with a tasty mouthful of clams, Raven cast a spell on the ocean, freezing Walrus in place! Walrus's curly, twisting tusks became frozen in the enchanted ice. But Raven soon discovered that his magic was no match for Walrus's great physical strength. Walrus managed to escape, but his tusks would never be the same!
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Born in an Arctic wilderness camp and of Inuit ancestry, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley is a scholar specializing in world religions and cultures. Her numerous articles and books concerning Inuit magic and lore have earned her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley is a folklorist and fantasist, specializing in mythology, magic, and Inuit lore. He has won an award for writing short science fiction Green Angel, but his focus is on fiction and non-fiction for a young audience.
is a Sheridan College–educated illustrator and web designer who lives near Toronto, Ontario. He has illustrated several books, including Tales from the Tundra by Ibi Kaslik.
Praise for Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley's books:
"The simple words and exuberant tone will make it easy for younger listeners to follow the narrative, yet the story and characters are complex enough that the book should appeal to school-aged children as well."
— Quill & Quire for The Raven and the Loon
"Collected and written by northern writer and educator Rachel A. Qitsualik, The Shadows That Rush Past is an important contribution to Inuit and Canadian lore . . . an excellent read-aloud, a useful component in a unit about the Inuit, the North or myths and legends, and [a book that] will add vibrancy to a library collection."
—Canadian Review of Materials for The Shadows That Rush Past