Whale Snow

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In Amiqqaq's Inupiaq village, “fat snow” is Whale Snow, occurring when a bowhead whale has given itself to the people. After a while, he begins to understand that the “spirit of the whale.”

Available in paperback or hardcover.  Debby Dahl Edwardson,  Whale Snow. 2003, color illustrations by Annie Patterson.

In Amiqqaq's Inupiaq village, “fat snow” is Whale Snow, occurring when a bowhead whale has given itself to the people. That is what Amiqqaq's grandma, his Aaka, tells him; and soon, Papa comes to take Amiqqaq to see the body of the Amiqqaq whale, whose name the child bears. As the villagers come to honor the whale, and Momma and Aaka prepare a huge feast, Amiqqaq is full of questions, most of which are answered by “you'll see.” After a while, he begins to understand that the “spirit of the whale,” the thing he has been seeking, is “fat snow and strong wind, it's right here in my house, making people smile and laugh.” Patterson's illustrations in fluid watercolors and soft tones complement this gentle story.