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Jean George.
Richmond Hill, ON: Irwin, 1987.
212pp., paper, $10.95.
ISBN 0-77251653-7. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Eskimos-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13

Reviewed by Janet E. Goldack.

Volume 15 Number 4
1987 July

In his search for Uncle Jack, who disappeared attempting to save the bowhead whale from extinction, Lincoln travels not only from Massachusetts to Barrow, Alaska, but mentally and emotionally between two distinct cultures. When Lincoln meets Vincent Ologak, Uncle Jack's last known contact, the ailing captain is convinced Lincoln has come to capture the bowhead whale and bring his people happiness after two long, lean years.

Lincoln's association with Eskimo youth, especially Little Owl who he falls in love with, permits him to experience the strong cultural traditions of the Inuit society. Through this, Lincoln is forced to examine his own identity and grow from his adventure on the ice. The black-and-white sketches, map, and "Inupiat Pronouncing Vocabulary and Glossary" add immeasurably to the authenticity and understanding of the narrative.

The author's first-hand experience in the North is evident in her vivid description of the magnificent bowhead whale, the Inuit culture, and the ecological parameters of this frozen world. Other outstanding nature books by this author include Newberry Medal winner Julie of the Wolves (Harper & Row, 1972) as well as One Day in the Alpine Tundra (Harper & Row, 1984), Going to the Sun (Harper & Row 1976), The Cry of the Crow (Harper & Rows 1980), and The Talking Earth (Harper & Row, 1983).

Janet E. Goldack, Grant Park H.S., Winnipeg, MB.
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