Mini Book Review: Magic Words: From The Oral Tradition Of The Inuit

Magic Words CoverBook: Magic Words: From The Oral Tradition Of The Inuit is translated by Edward Fields and Illustrated by Mike Blanc

Expected Publication is September 1, 2013 (Today!) by Vanita Books|Expected Number Of Pages Is 24

Series: None

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Magic Words is an e-ARC from, which has not influenced my review in anyway Summary: Magic Words describes a world where humans and animals share bodies and languages, where the world of the imagination mixes easily with the physical. It began as a story that told how the Inuit people came to be and became a legend passed from generation to generation. In translation it grew from myth to poem. The text comes from expedition notes recorded by Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen in 1921. Edward Field got a copy from the Harvard Library and translated it into English.

I really liked Magic Words!  It’s such a great poem, and I like that it’s a part of the tradition of story-telling.  It translated really well, and if I didn’t know it was a translation, I don’t think I would have picked up on that.  I really liked how the story was so lyrical and poetic, and I want to know more about the Inuit after reading Magic Words.  I also liked that there were a couple lines at the end about how there was no explanation, because that’s just how things were.  It’s just so interesting that there’s this whole story that’s basically summed up with that’s how it is.

The illustrations were absolutely beautiful!  I loved the colors and the shapes and they brought Magic Words to life.  They go so well with the story, and there’s a lot to look at.  It’s totally worth it for the illustrations alone!  Although the story is an interesting part of the oral tradition of the Inuit, and I think it would be a good choice if you’re teaching kids about other cultures.  I also liked that it’s about how everyone got along and there was no difference between anyone, whether they were animal or person. Another cool thing about Magic Words is that at the end of the book, there’s a list of all of the animals who made an appearance in the book, so I think it could also be a great way to talk to kids about animals.

Magic Words is a great picture book, and it gets 4 stars.

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