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When both people and
animals lived on earth,
A person could become
an animal if he wanted to.
– Magic Words

 


Paperback: $8.95
978-0-9832904-7-6 Amazon BN

 

Hardcover: $15.95
978-0-9832904-6-9 Amazon

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Translation by:
Edward Field
Illustrator:
Mike Blanc

All Ages
24 Pages

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PM27s Blog

Patricia A. McGoldrick

January, 2013

 

Magic Words, published by VanitaBooks, is a charming brief story that portrays the beginnings of the Inuit people, a tale woven by pictures and words in a truly “magical” way.


Edward Field
, an American writer, has translated the poem into English from the original spoken tradition while Ohio resident, Mike Blanc, has provided a vivid backgrounder to these words. The combination is magical!


A rainbow of gold, orange, red, grey, blue and green colours the simply sketched creatures as they journey along with humans. In a tapestry-like arrangement of graphics based on Inuit concepts, animals and birds and fish and humans move through the pages of earth years. Eventually, the Inuit people share this Earth with that community of life and words.


VanitaBooks has published a gem in Magic Words, a book that has potential for use in various curricula in school settings as well as a delightful story to share with one’s own children. The company steers profits towards charities, including Multiple Sclerosis.


This book will appeal to young and old alike as it retells an ancient Inuit story simply and colourfully. This is a great read for these snowy days of winter!

 

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Christy's Houseful of Chaos

Christy K

February, 2013

 

When my eight year old first looked at one of the early pictures in the book, with faces, fish and a wolf's face together, he thought it creepy. It's like Escher, I said, and he smiled and relaxed a bit. We talked about the illustrations and how very simple line drawings and color could create such interesting patterns. I was a little bit disappointed that the illustrations were not done by an Inuit, but by someone who studied the Inuit styles. Still they are beautifully done and worth viewing, and my children became interested in how they were drawn by hand and then computer colored, so we tried doing a few pictures in that way.


The very limited words of the poem, a sentence or phrase per page, lend themselves to discussions about science and mythology. What would it have been like before? Did people really believe that they could turn into animals and animals into human? Why might these ideas have come about? My children know a couple of variations of a story where Raven steals the sunlight and brings it to the people. Does it change our understanding of Raven a bit if we think he might not have been the only one credited with changing between animal and person?


Knowing that the text comes from the Danish explorer gave us another topic to read about. Who was Knud Rasmussen? The simple poetry-book became the basis for quite a bit of discussion and follow-up activities.

 

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Myrdan Creation

Emma Engel

February, 2013

 

It’s easy when it comes to kids’ books to just gush about the illustrations. They tend to be at least 50% of the story and be very eye-catching. AndMagic Words is definitely one of those books that I’d get just for the stunning pictures by Mike Blanc.


However, the story, while very short and simple, is what really made this books stand out. Translated from the Inuit by Edward Field, Magic Words is a folk tale about “a long time ago” when magic really occurred. The straightforward presentation coupled with the pictures really conjures up ideas of what that world would have looked like. It is definitely a book that feeds the imagination regardless of age, and my favorite part is the last page which declines to offer an explanation for how such things could have been.

 

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Learning Table Reviews

February, 2013

 

Magic Words takes Edward Field's translation of ancient Inuit oral legends and adds illustrations by Mike Blanc to bring these words to life. The vivid artwork recreates this magical world where people and nature were intertwined, with full page illustrations in the style of Inuit art. The text of the book is a poem, which makes readers feel like they are sitting around a campfire at a tribal meeting, listening to the elders recant the tale of the earliest Inuit ancestors. The mood and tone of the book perfectly capture this tradition, and young readers will benefit from being exposed to this unique culture.

 

 

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