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"K'lik! K'lik!"
— Kissimi calling for Kallik in Spirits in the Stars, page 140
Kissimi

Polar-bear-cub 917

Species
Family
Mother: Sura
Aunt: Illa
First Adoptive Mother: Kallik
Second Adoptive Mother: Unnamed she-bear
Book Appearances
Kissimi (kiss-ee-me) is a small,[1] male polar bear cub[2] with bright eyes,[3] soft,[4] fine fur,[5] and small, soft paws.[6]


History



The Original Series

Spirits in the Stars

Kissimi is a newborn cub, the son of Sura. Sura is very sick when Kallik, Ujurak, Toklo and Lusa come, and Kallik thinks she won't live for long. Kallik comes back in the night to check on them and thinks Kissimi is dead until she sees him move slightly. She lets Kissimi drink the last of his mother's milk and then takes him. At the time, he is described as small and without fur. Kallik names him Kissimi, which means "alone".
Kissimi at first struggles without milk, and is often left back at the cave the bears made when Kallik, Toklo, Ujurak and Lusa see what happened to the seals and what they can do about the sickness. Later on, he gets very playful and often causes trouble.
When Kallik leaves him to play at the river, the four bears go onto the ice, and she puts her head in a hole in the ice to see if the water is clean. When she discovers it is, they see Kissimi running after them, excitedly calling Kallik "K'lick".
But before any of them can stop him, he falls into the hole Kallik was looking into. Toklo is about to crack the ice to get him out, but Kallik stops him, saying he will hurt Kissimi. Ujurak becomes a seal to get him out, and when he does, Kallik scolds Kissimi, who is fearful of the ice hole. They share a fish Ujurak caught, and Kissimi seems to like fish very much.
The bears always make sure that he is out of sight of the Star Island bears, but at the end of the book, he is given to his mother's sister, Illa, as Kallik knows she can't take him with her on her journey home to the Melting Sea.

Return to the Wild

Island of Shadows

Kallik mentions how she misses him.

The Melting Sea

Kallik talks about him, and wonders if he had learned to catch seals yet.

River of Lost Bears

Kallik argues with Yakone about the bears she lost, and mentions him.


Trivia

  • Although most polar bears give birth to twins,[7] Kissimi is the only cub of his litter.[8]
  • His name means "alone" in Inuktitut,[9] as he was alone when Kallik found him.[10]

Quotes

"Kissimi crouched down at the very edge of the river and reached out with one paw to pat the frozen surface. "Ice!" he squeaked. "Ice!"
–Kissimi saying 'Ice', Spirits in the Stars, page 137.
"Where Uj'rak?"
–Kissimi asking where Ujurak is, Spirits in the Stars, page 343.

Family Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
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Illa
 
Sura
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kissimi
 
 


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


References

  1. Revealed

    in Spirits in the Stars, page 229

  2. Revealed in Spirits in the Stars, page 76
  3. Revealed in Spirits in the Stars, page 343
  4. Revealed in Spirits in the Stars, page 140
  5. Cite Needed
  6. Revealed in Spirits in the Stars, page 108
  7. Revealed on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bear
  8. Revealed in Spirits in the Stars, page 73
  9. Revealed on 'Cite Needed'
  10. Revealed in Spirits in the Stars, page 79

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