My Arctic 1,2,3

My Arctic 123


by Michael Kusugak
illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka

What do you do when you spend a lot of time with tiny kids? You write a book for them. As with all my books, this one started out as a completely different book. It was going to be an ABC book but it wanted to be a counting book.




Whether you’re a returning guest or a first-time visitor, enter My Arctic 1, 2, 3 and explore Michael Kusugak’s world of animals and adventure in the Arctic Circle.

On each two-page spread, discover counting and creatures, and learn who’s predator and who’s prey. Witness five Arctic foxes hunting six furry siksiks. Then watch seven fishermen catch eight Arctic char. Numbers explored include 1 to 10, 20, 100 and even 1,000,000 (millions of berries ripen in the fall).

Each scene, rendered in Vladyana Krykorka’s breathtaking paintings, is awash in Arctic colors and includes the depicted number in English and Inuktitut. For those wanting more Inuit info, a special end section by Arctic-native Kusugak recounts his experiences living in the north along side the animals featured in the book.

With Arctic animals and number fun, it’s no surprise My Arctic 1, 2, 3 has become a book for families to share, cherish, and count on.

StarParent Council’s Outstanding from a Learning Perspective Honor
StarRuth Schwartz Award finalist
StarBooks for Everybody Selection Chickadee Choice

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“Emerging readers will appreciate the easy-to-read, large print … A unique addition for libraries, particularly those building multicultural or Arctic-region collections.”
—School Library Journal


Reading level: Ages 4-7
Paperback: 24 pages
Price: $9.95

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How do you say that?

Kamiik: ka-miik

Maktaaq: mak-taaq

Siksik: sik-sik