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On the Shoulder of a Giant

by Neil Christopher

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Inukpak, “pronounced ‘ee-newk-pak,’” is a giant so large that he mistakes a whale for a small fish, a polar bear for a lemming, and a full grown human for a tiny child. When a lost Inuit hunter encounters him for the first time, the hunter finds himself unwillingly adopted by the giant—because who’s going to argue with someone that big? Perched on Inukpak’s huge shoulder the hunter learns what the arctic looks like from a gigantic point of view.

This beautifully illustrated tale also has an informative introduction and a five page afterword, “More about Arctic Giants,” so the reader can tell the really big ones like Inukpak, from merely large giants. There’s also information about giant polar bears, and when you might be standing on sleeping giant without knowing it. ( )
  MaowangVater | Aug 25, 2017 |
An interesting tale of a hunter swept up into the life of a giant and they go on to share adventures together. I've never heard a story similar. My 6 year old has asked me to read it several times. It's full of humor and I enjoyed the native names and words shared in the book. I've enjoyed exploring these new folk tales outside of the Greek mythology I was already familiar with. These stories from other cultures have been fun to share with my children, I feel like it gives them a wider perspective. ( )
  nicholekoch | Dec 2, 2016 |
On the Shoulder of a Giant is about a great giant named Inukpak. Inukpak was so big he could just walk across the ocean and the water didn't go above his knees. He was very friendly. One day he saw a hunter that he mistook for a child and picked him up and put him on his shoulder. They traveled that way for a while. The hunter was afraid to tell the giant that he wasn't a child, but a man. By this time they were pretty far away from the hunters home, so he just stayed with him. Eventually they became friends and traveled everywhere together.
  sabrenarose | Oct 28, 2016 |
Story of a Inuit Giant named Inukpak. Who finds a normal size human and they become best friends. They know things like whales and polar bears as different things. ( )
  SatinaJensen | Aug 9, 2016 |
This would be a wonderful story to share with elementary-aged students learning about Alaska's regions, people, cultural/seasonal events in Alaska, and cultural/traditional events. This would also be a great story to discuss genre, realistic vs. legend/folktale, inferring emotions of a character, story retelling/order, making predictions, and more. ( )
  frozenteacher | Apr 7, 2016 |
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Inukpak the giant wanders the regions of the Arctic until he discovers a small hunter. Being lonely, he adopts the hunter who rides around on his shoulders and participates in many wild adventures.

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