INATUK'S FRIEND by Suzanne Stark Morrow


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A quiet affirmation of friendship and brotherly love that convinces because the understated tenderness is supported by stark, composed illustrations. The impetus for change--Inatuk's father must leave an independent life and move to a government town--is introduced without insisting on a judgment (airplane roars scare seals away); the departure from friend Soloquay is pointed but brief, the actions of little brother Swenik diverting but not intrusive. Soloquay's going-away present a piece of carving soapstone designed to win a new friend for Inatuk does indeed take shape, and it furthers the story too: the boy carves a hare and places it beside the sleeping Swenik (who reluctantly freed a wild one that afternoon) so he will see it first thing when he wakes. A good look at Eskimos, a strong side view of a modern problem.

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 1968
Publisher: Little, Brown--A.M.P.