The Most Amazing Bird (FNCR 2021)

Annick PressSKU: 9781773214184

Author:
Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak
Illustrator:
Andrew Qappik CM
Series:
Grade Levels:
One, Two, Three
Nation:
Inuit
Book Type:
Hard Cover|2020
Pages:
40
Publisher:
Annick Press

Price:
Sale price$21.95

Description

The Most Amazing Bird by author Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, an Inuk storyteller who grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Naujaat, Nunavut); and Illustrator Andrew Qappik CM, who has always been inspired by vivid memories of his respected Elders and their stories, tells the story of a young girl who discovers nature’s surprising beauty. 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 Aggataa 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 story by award-winning author Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak reminds us of our lasting connection to nature, with art by celebrated illustrator Andrew Qappik, who illuminates the enduring magic of the changing seasons.

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