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As the sun begins to set, arctic animals scurry to prepare for six months of darkness and cold. Tuktuk the collared lemming is almost ready for the long winter night – all he needs is warm fur to line his nest. When one furry kamik (boot) slips off an Inuit driver’s sled, Tuktuk is in luck! But as he drags it home, Putak the polar bear, Aput the arctic fox, and Masak the caribou eye this little lemming’s prize and want it for their own. Can Tuktuk outwit the other animals and convince them that one furry kamik is no good for anyone bigger than a lemming?
While reading this book, even I was schooled on definitions and vocabulary. For instance, I learned that there's such a thing as a collared lemming. It's a rodent that turns completely white in winter. Tuktuk: Tundra Tale stars a collared lemming named, appropriately, Tuktuk who happens upon a kamik. (That's another word I also learned. A kamik is a waterproof boot.) A bear, a fox, and a caribou come across Tuktuk at different times and try to use the kamik themselves, for their body to keep warm. In the end, it's learned that the kamik fits just right for Tuktuk.
The "For Creative Minds" section in the back of the book further educates readers with information on the Polar Seasons and Arctic Skies. There's also Cold Animal Fun Facts and an Arctic Vocabulary. Just a few definitions learned in the vocabulary include what Masak, frost boils, and a pingo are. It's a cute book that will give kids an idea of life in the tundra.
Tuktuk: Tundra Tale is a Fall 2016 release from Arbordale Publishing.
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