The Most Amazing Bird

A picture book by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, illustrated by Andrew Qappik.

Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, illustrated by Andrew Qappik

A young girl discovers nature's surprising beauty in this tale from a renowned Inuit storyteller.

When Aggataa goes for a cold winter walk with her grandmother, she's surprised by a sudden CRAH! All the birds have flown south for the winter except one kind — the tulugarguat, the ravens. They're the ugliest birds that Aggaataa has ever seen. They look like they slept in their coats — coats that don't even fit! However, as the winter slowly moves towards spring, Aggataa connects with one small raven in particular.

As the seasons change in full, the ravens leave and are replaced by seagulls, cranes, geese, ducks, and swans—all of them far more elegant than the "Ugly Bird." But where Aggataa once thought the ravens odd for visiting during the harshest part of the year, she now finds herself watching the horizon, waiting for the return of the most amazing bird.

This touching story by award-winning author Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak reminds us of our lasting connection to nature, while art by celebrated illustrator Andrew Qappik, CM, illuminates the enduring magic of the changing seasons. (From Annick Press)

Children's writer Michael Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay in what is now known as Nunvaut. Kusugak's stories explore the traditional Inuit way of life and has written 12 books for children including his now classic debut book A Promise Is A Promise, co-written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka.

Andrew Qappik is a Canadian Inuit graphic artist currently residing in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. He is a member of the Order of Canada. 

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