What does the Arctic look like to a pet rock?


Pauloosie loves his pet rock, Miki Rock. Pauloosie’s Anaana, his mother, tells him a bedtime story about what Miki Rock sees, hears, and feels in his Arctic home. As part of the land, Miki Rock sees char and beluga, listens to chirps and howls, and feels the snow and sun.

Through lyrical text and ethereal landscape illustrations by Pelin Turgut, readers are taken on an Arctic journey from the point of view of a most unlikely object—a child’s pet rock.


"In soft-edged scenes that foreground the Inuit-cued parent and child alongside Miki Rock, Turkish illustrator Turgut connects domestic moments with sprawling landscapes, while sensory lines from Inuit author Qilavaq-Savard links Pauloosie—and readers—to the land through Miki Rock’s experiences."

- Publishers Weekly

"Ashley Qilavaq-Savard gives us a story of companionship and feeling that speaks to consciousness and awareness...It may be Pauloosie's Anaana who is giving that life to Miki Rock but, as a reader of I Am a Rock, I am convinced, as I'm sure Pauloosie is, that life exists within that rock."

"Lyrically naming the myriad beautiful animals and plants, the turning of the seasons, and the ways in which the world provides sustenance and joy for the Inuit people makes for the perfect lullaby. "—Canadian Review of Materials