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AN ARCTIC SKETCHBOOK.  A LECTURE GIVEN AT THE OSBORNE COLLECTION OF EARLY CHILDREN'S BOOKS, NOVEMBER 4, 1999.  THE HELEN E. STUBBS MEMORIAL LECTURES.  NUMBER TWELVE., Houston, James.
1 Houston, James. AN ARCTIC SKETCHBOOK. A LECTURE GIVEN AT THE OSBORNE COLLECTION OF EARLY CHILDREN'S BOOKS, NOVEMBER 4, 1999. THE HELEN E. STUBBS MEMORIAL LECTURES. NUMBER TWELVE.
Toronto Toronto Public Library 1999 0920601456 / 9780920601457 Limited Edition Soft Cover Near Fine James Houston. 
31 pp, 8 1/2" H. Limited to an edition of 500 copies. B&w illustrations from 'Tika'liktak' and 'The White Archer' by the author. The text of a lecture by James Houston - "Mr. Houston's distinguished career as an author, illustrator and artist began fifty years ago, and like the Arctic community whose creations he brought to the attention of the world, it has flourished ever since. The books Mr. Houston has written and illustrated have contributed to the international knowledge and appreciation of the rich culture and traditions of Canada's aboriginal peoples, and have achieved that particularly enviable status of being well-loved classics." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean. 
Price: 19.95 USD
 
 
DRIFTING SNOW:  AN ARCTIC SEARCH., Houston, James.
2 Houston, James. DRIFTING SNOW: AN ARCTIC SEARCH.
McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1992, first edition. 
150 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771042833 B&w illustrations by the author. "Taken south as a very small child from her Inuit-Eskimo parents in the Canadian Arctic - to save her life from tuberculosis - Elizabeth was one o f the children whose identity papers were lost. As a young teenager, she returns to the Arctic in search of her family and her own culture and language. She decides to stay on Nesak Island with a friendly Inuit-Eskimo family that includes U v i l u , a girl about her own age, and Poota, a somewhat older boy. Uvilu and Poota both speak some English, taught to them by an itinerant teacher who comes seasonally to give them school lessons. Days of near starvation, alleviated when th e g ir ls i n th e s mall settlement discover a way to go under the thick sea ice and collect clams; weeks of summer plenty that follow on the mainland, catching salmon, hunting caribou and geese, then celebrating with dance and song; a return cr os sin g t o t he is lan d tha t is nearly fatal as sea ice and storms close in on their frail boat - all are part of the life Elizabeth shares....an exciting story of one girl's search for her identity." Faint small watermark at bottom of front hi nge are a, l ight wr ink ling a t bo ttom of spine, minor edge rubbing. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, several very light dye marks on inside surface - probaly due to light dampness. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LONG CLAWS:  AN ARCTIC ADVENTURE., Houston, James.
3 Houston, James. LONG CLAWS: AN ARCTIC ADVENTURE.
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1981, first edition. 
32 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771042566 B&w illustrations by the author. "Since their father's death, it has been a starvation winter for Pitohok, his siste Upik, their mother, baby sister and grandfather. Frozen lake t rout that they find, with the help of a snow owl, provide their first food in three days. Though winter is nearly over, how can they survive when the fish is gone? Their only hope is a frozen caribou their grandfather had buried last fall , t h r e e d ays' walk away, because he was not strong enough to carry it. Pitohok and Upik must make the arduous journey to find the caribou. Using frozen caribou skin, with the remaining fish as cross supports, Grandfather fashions them a pri mi t iv e sl ed . Th en brother and sister set out on their perilous trek across the storm-swept tundra, sheltering at night in small igloos they build. The caribou is there, they load it on the sled and turn homeward - only to face a terrifying or dea l. A h uge ba rr en- ground grizzly bear, know as Long Claws, picks up their trail and follows them. Helped again by a great snow owl when they lose their way in an ice fog, the children are nearly home before the bear closes in. How can they fi ght him ? A nd y et t o gi ve up the caribou means certain death by starvation...." Minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE FALCON BOW:  AN ARCTIC LEGEND., Houston, James.
4 Houston, James. THE FALCON BOW: AN ARCTIC LEGEND.
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1986, first edition. 
96 pp, 8vo (8 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771042523 Beautifully illustrated throughout in b&w by the author. "Kungo's people - the Inuit on the coast in the Far North - are starving because the summer run of fish has failed them and the caribou herds have not returned. A hot-headed young Inuit hunter accuses the inland Indians of deliberately setting fires to prevent the caribou migration. Kungo journeys inland with the falcon bow and discovers the truth of the car i b o u ' s d i s appearance. The Indians are also starving, he finds. It is up to Kungo to prevent a bloody feud from breaking out between these neighboring peoples. With the help of his sister, Shulu, Kungo is able to explain to the Indians wh y th e fi sh h a ve n ot come up the river and to convince them that the Inuit, as well, have no food. In a dramatic and moving conclusion, Kungo and his sister manage to bring about a new understanding between the Inuit and Indians that results i n l as tin g p eac e. " Ver y s light bowing to boards, minor fading to top edge of boards. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 12.50 USD
 


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