The most amazing bird

Michael Kusugak

Book - 2020

"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 con...nects 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."--

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Toronto ; Berkeley : Annick Press 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 x 25 cm
Issued also in electronic format
ISBN
9781773214184
1773214187
Main Author
Michael Kusugak (author)
Other Authors
Andrew Qappik, 1964- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

While walking in the snowy tundra, a young girl, Aggataa, and her grandmother spy a raven. Aggataa calls the bird Ugly; the older woman explains this bird stays close to her because she fed it last year. Aggataa begins helping the bird, too, and while she is happy to see many other birds arriving with warmer weather, she is sad that the raven disappears. Luckily, Ugly returns after the summer birds leave, ready to keep Aggataa and Grandmother company for the winter. Renowned Inuit storyteller Kusugak's text is succinct yet lyrical, especially when describing the sights and sounds of the Arctic. Throughout, he infuses Inuktituk terms, each one carefully placed to convey meaning through context. Printmaker Qappik's realistic art offers a naturalistic look at the tundra throughout the seasons. Winter scenes highlight humans and animals set against mostly snowy white backgrounds, while spring and summer scenes utilize a wider color palette and more complex, active compositions. Particularly appealing are the tumbling sandpiper chicks (sigjariarjuit). An engaging look at life in Canada's North. Grades K-3. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—This story opens with the sounds of feet crunching into the snow, pulling readers into the wintry setting and giving the story immediacy. Aggataa, a little girl, sees a "tulugarjuaq" (a raven) and thinks that it is ugly. She asks her grandmother, who explains that she fed that bird one winter and now it returns annually. Aggataa comes to an uneasy peace with the bird, and its "Crah!" in response. The raven leaves as the snows give way to spring and other seasonal birds arrive for the warmer months. Again, the seasons shift, and the sandhills and seagulls fly south, leaving the landscape empty. Aggataa thinks it will be a lonely winter but is happy when her "ugly" raven returns. From a rotation of seasons, to the interactions between Aggataa and her grandmother, both Inuit and dressed traditionally, this beautiful tale provides gentle hints as to Inuk life in a sparsely poetic landscape. Delicate watercolors capture the play of the birds and the passing of seasons and complement the hushed storytelling. VERDICT Inuit storyteller Kusugak offers readers a window into the changing of seasons in a frozen landscape and how the wildlife and the humans change with it.—Ruth Guerrier-Pierre, New York P.L. Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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 tulugarjuat, the ravens. They're the ugliest birds that Aggaataa has ever seen. They looklike 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 amazingbird"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A young girl discovers nature’s surprising beauty in this tale from a renowned Inuk 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.