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The Most Amazing Bird

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
W.1.1,2,3, 5,6,7,8

Reading Level: Lexile AD550L
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773214184, 40 pages, November 2020 , 7.0" x 9.5"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781773214177, 40 pages, April 2023 , 7.0" x 9.5"


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.


  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books List 2020
  • Joint winner, Top 10 Picture Books of the Year, The Globe and Mail 2020


“The illustrations enrich the text and celebrate the heartwarming message that nature is a wonderful gift that we can connect to and relish.”

- Storywraps, 07/08/20

“Stunningly contemporary and amazingly timeless.”

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 09/15/20

“Sparse illustrations of arctic flora and fauna against the unforgiving snow and ice make this picture book immersive.” 

- Foreword Reviews, 11/20

“Renowned Inuit storyteller Kusugak’s text is succinct yet lyrical . . . An engaging look at life in Canada’s North.”

- Booklist, 11/01/20

“The language is simple and direct and, at times, beautiful in its description. The text is perfectly complemented by the drawings . . . That both author and illustrator are Indigenous people helps to achieve a particularly unified vision for The Most Amazing Bird. Highly Recommended.” 

- CM Reviews, 10/23/2020

“This beautiful tale provides gentle hints as to Inuk life in a sparsely poetic landscape. Delicate watercolors . . . complement the hushed storytelling.” 

- School Library Journal, 12/07/20

“This piece of creative non-fiction, with the touch of traditional Inuit storytelling, was entertaining and thought-provoking.”

- Green Teacher, 10/21

“This piece of creative non-fiction, with the touch of traditional Inuit storytelling, was entertaining and thought-provoking.”

- Green Teacher, 10/21