Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review: Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit by Edward Field

Ok so I've requested a lot from *Netgalley lately...too much. So I'm trying to put out all of my reviews of books I requested before I start getting request happy again. This is one of the books I recently requested. I thought the cover looked interesting and how often do you find books from Inuit tales?

Magic Words tells the story of when people could turn into animals and animals could turn into people. Words were special and if you spoke it things would happen.

The ironic thing is that Magic Words is fairly light on words. But what is not light on is beautiful illustrations. These were downright gorgeous. The native feeling comes through them and the colors are perfectly picked. This is one where you pause to look over the whole picture before you move onto the next page.

My son couldn't quite follow the flow of the story but he did enjoy looking at the pictures. I think that it had something to do with the almost stilted like writing that he couldn't quite follow. I think the writing lended to being just like a book being transcribed from oral stories. But in this case it was a little harder for my son.

4 out of 5 stars.

*I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion
**This book was read with my special needs son who is severely learning disabled. The review reflects not only my opinion but his as well

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