"The Tuniit were said to have been giants who lived in the North"
Siuluk is quiet, gentle, and (probably) a friendly Tuniq giant. But that doesn't mean he allows people be mean to him. When the men from a neighboring Inuit village tease him, Siuluk serves them a challenge of his own.
A succinct little legend about a gentle giant, Sammurtok's Siuluk: The Last Tuniq is a straightforward tale of myths, bullying, and (ultimately) self-esteem. Siuluk is so self-contained and concise a story that it is almost abrupt, but that I ultimately enjoyed. We meet Siuluk, the village men question his strength, and Siulik proves that his strength cannot be matched. Siuluk and the village men do not become friends, but Siuluk's strength is never forgotten. The lesson? Don't mistreat anyone (but especially not a giant). Sammurtok's pared-down language allows Nix's gently textured and softly colored illustrations to express Siuluk's quiet (but firm) confidence and gentle yet legendary strength.
This book would be excellent for:
And don't restrict this text to younger classrooms! This simple language and engaging illustrations would make an excerpt (or even the whole story) excellent for reducing the cognitive load while teaching a new concept or skill.