Excellent, Preschool, Primary, Inuit, Folktale, Polar Bear, Coming-of-Age
A long time ago, an orphan boy was mistreated by the men in his village each time they went hunting. After a while, a watchful polar bear offers to teach him. He takes him back to his camp and trains him to hunt seals with a harpoon. Soon some of the polar bears also mistreat the orphan, but he earns respect when the elder polar bear advises him to stand up for himself. After teaching him all that he can, the polar bear returns the orphan - now changed into a strong man - back to his village.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Orphan and the Polar Bear,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 40:
11, Article 30.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol40/iss11/30