Anak the Eskimo Boy is a small hardback book of 90 pages
that is recommended for ages 9-10. Black-and-white drawings illustrate
the story. The author, Piet Prins, is billed as "one of the best-loved
authors of juvenile literature in the Netherlands."
This book tells the story of the coming of age of a young Eskimo
boy. His grandfather, steeped in the old traditions, tells the
old stories about the "Spirits," but Anak's parents have been in
touch with a missionary and have put their faith in God. When a
crisis occurs, they put their trust in God and see the answer to
their fervent prayers.
Young children (and others) will find this book fascinating because
it tells of a way of life we are not familiar with. It is a very
entertaining story, and the reader learns much about Eskimo life
and traditions. This book would make an excellent addition to a
homeschool reading list and would be wonderful fodder for a book
I am thrilled to add this book to my bookshelf and to my homeschoolers'