Book Reviews of The Igloo

The Igloo
The Igloo
Author: Charlotte Yue
ISBN-13: 9780395446133
ISBN-10: 0395446139
Publication Date: 10/24/1988
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Book Type: Hardcover
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Grade 3-7 Igloos have long been objects of fascination to readers, young and old. This highly readable book begins with a brief history of the groups of people usually referred to as Eskimos and their likely migrations. The Yues' descriptions of the seasons and their effect on the lives of the Eskimos are almost poetic. The text, accompanied by a profusion of detailed, well-captioned pencil illustrations, then attends to the engineering magic that was the construction of the igloo. The cross-section illustrations are especially useful in helping readers to understand the text. Details of family life within the igloo provide some of the most compelling reading and provide insight into the cultural aspects of Eskimo life. Throughout the text the Yues reinforce the simplicity and serenity of the Eskimos' lives that allowed them to coexist in harmony with the harsh environment and its natural rhythms. Information about food preparation, clothing, hunting, traveling, and other forms of shelter rounds out the text.