The Eskimo Twins

Author: Lucy Fitch Perkins


Beyond the Big Rock the country was all new to the twins and Koko. They looked into narrow bays and inlets as the boat moved along, and saw green moss carpeting the sunny slopes in sheltered places.

They could even see bright flowers growing in the warm spots which faced the sun. The sky was blue overhead. The water was blue below.

Beyond the green slopes they could see the bare hillsides crowned with the white ice cap which never melts, and streams of water dashing down the hillsides and pouring themselves into the waters of the bay.

When they had gone a good many miles up the coast, Kesshoo waved his hand and pointed to a strange sight on the shore.

There was a great river of ice! They could see where it came out of a hollow place between two hills. It looked just like a river, only it was frozen solid, and the end of it, where it came into the sea, was broken off like a great wall of ice, and there were cakes of ice floating about in the water.

Suddenly there was a cracking sound. Menie had heard that sound before. It was the same sound that he had heard when he went sealhole hunting and got carried away on the ice raft. Menie didn’t like the sound anymore. It scared him!

Right after the cracking noise Kesshoo’s voice shouted, "Row farther out! Follow me!"

He turned his kyak straight out to sea. All the other boats followed.

They had gone only about half a mile when suddenly. there was a loud crick-crick-CRACK as if a piece of the world had broken off, and then there was a splash that could be heard for miles, if there had been any one to hear it.

The end of the glacier, or ice river, had broken off and fallen down into the water! It had made an iceberg!

The splash was so great that in a moment the waves it made reached the boats. The boats rocked up and down on the water and bounced about like corks.

The twins and Koko thought this was great fun, but the Angakok didn’t like it a bit. One wave splashed over him, and some of the water went down his neck.

All the grown people knew that if they hadn’t rowed quickly away from shore when Kesshoo called they might have been upset and drowned.


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Chicago: Lucy Fitch Perkins, "3," The Eskimo Twins, ed. Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934 in The Eskimo Twins (New York: Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1894), Original Sources, accessed February 3, 2023,

MLA: Perkins, Lucy Fitch. "3." The Eskimo Twins, edited by Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934, in The Eskimo Twins, Vol. 22, New York, Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1894, Original Sources. 3 Feb. 2023.

Harvard: Perkins, LF, '3' in The Eskimo Twins, ed. . cited in 1894, The Eskimo Twins, Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 3 February 2023, from