Animals Illustrated mixes fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's books on Arctic animals. Each volume contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal. Children will learn about how narwhal raise their young in the cold Arctic ocean, what they eat, and where they can be found, along with other interesting information, like the fact that a narwhals long tusk is actually a tooth!
Solomon Awa was born in a sod house near Iglulik on November 2, 1959. From a young age, he was curious about everything around him. He learned to sew traditional items such as sealskins from his late mother, Appia Awa. His late father, Mathias Awa, was an excellent carver, especially with ivory, and one time he made a harpoon from caribou antlers in one night! Solomon learned to carve from him. Solomon loves to tell the stories that he learned from his father. He does this at schools, and also had the opportunity to go to Kaotokeno, Norway, to tell some of these stories. He teaches traditional knowledge at Nunavut Arctic College and works for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
Hwei Lim draws comics (the Boris & Lalage series; Spera, Volume 1; and Mirror, with Emma Rios) and illustrates books (The Spirit of the Sea, Animals Illustrated: Narwhal, and Dragonhearted). Hwei lives in Malaysia.
"Narwhal is definitely recommended for school libraries and classroom collections."
– CM Magazine
"The table of contents gives a clear sense of organization. The illustrations are both scientifically accurate, engaging, and beautiful."
– Kid Lit North
" [...] [I]ncludes comment about the narwhal's deep diving and behaviour beneath the ice, as well as about its impressive tooth, often referred to as a tusk, that can grow up to almost 3 metres in length."
– CanLit for Little Canadians