Title: Houses of snow, skin and bones (Native dwellings: the Far North)
Author: Bonnie Shemie
Illustrator: Bonnie Shemie
Year: 1989 (First Edition)
Publisher: Tundra Books
Book Condition: Like New
Jacket Condition: N/A
Description: "Every child who sees a picture of an igloo remembers it forever. With reason, for it is surely the most intriguing shelter human beings have ever built. The igloo, or igluvigak which is the correct name for a snow house, is so simple it can be built in an hour, so protective it can withstand the severest climate on earth and so ecologically friendly that, after serving its purpose, it disappears into the landscape from which it came. Northerners used whatever materials were to hand: snow, stone, earth, skin, bones and any driftwood found along the shores. How each type of dwelling was constructed and lived in is told here through simple test and illustrations that are informative and artistic."
Beautifully illustrated with 5 double-spread full-colour drawings, plus many superb b&w drawings. Pastedowns and endpapers depict a lovely full-colour map of the lands within the Arctic Circle and the types of shelters used in each region.
Glazed pictorial boards. Negligible bumping to spine; corners are straight. Internally, the book is effectively brand new: pages are crisp, clean, unmarked, and very tightly bound. Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada label affixed to rear pastedown confirms provenance.
Measures 21 cm × 23 cm (8.4″ × 9.2″). Landscape 8vo. 24 pp.