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Ampersand Dewey Diva Kids and Teen 2023

The Most Beautiful Thing I Have Ever Seen
By (author): Nadia Devi Umadat Illustrated by: Christine Wei
Nadia Devi Umadat ,

Illustrated by :

Christine Wei


Second Story Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
May 02, 2023
Print Run: 10000
$21.95 CAD


11in x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 200 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


Full color throughout
Second Story Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: First / new experiences and growing up / coming of age|Children’s / Teenage social topics: Migration / refugees
  • Short Description
A little girl sees her mother’s fear when war comes to their home. Fear is replaced with hope when they board a huge, shiny airplane. When it lands, they are somewhere new, and slowly, it comes to feel like home.

A journey through the strange but often magical experience of moving to a new land.

A little girl sees her mother’s fear when war comes to their home. Fear is replaced with hope when they board a huge, shiny airplane. When it lands, they are somewhere new, and slowly, it comes to feel like home. There are many new experiences, like the beautiful, fluffy snow. And the shrill school bell that reminds the little girl of the noises of war her family left behind. But with time and love, her family embraces their new life, and it is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen.

Key Selling Points:

  • A young girl's life is disrupted when war forces her family to leave their home and adjust to life in a new country.
  • Deals with the trauma of war as well as the more ordinary struggles of a bossy older sister.
  • Author Nadia Devi Umadat has worked extensively with children overcoming the trauma of their refugee experiences. The book was inspired by her work with Syrian children during the initial stages of Canadian relocation efforts, commencing in 2016.
  • Offers positive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) aspects for discussion with children. Readers may see their own experiences of immigration mirrored and will gain exposure to diverse experiences and characters through both the illustrations and story. The book provides a platform to explore other perspectives and develop compassion and empathy for friends and neighbours.

Nadia Devi Umadat is a Canadian social worker of Indo-Guyanese heritage, born in Toronto. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies. As a Youth Mental Health Counsellor she supported newcomer and refugee families who had experiences of war, torture, crimes against humanity and genocide. Her writing is inspired by Syrian children during their initial stages of Canadian relocation. She lives in Toronto.

Christine Wei is a Taiwanese artist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Major in Illustration. Christine's work often draws inspiration from sentiment, life stories, and nature-inspired mark-makings. She loves creating art with a variety of mediums to convey relatable narratives in dynamic perspectives.

Contributor Website

Marketing Plan:

  • Extensive ARC mailing
  • Digital galley is available for request on Edelweiss
  • Outreach to immigration organizations
  • Parenting magazines & podcasts
  • Niche radio/TV, such as Global News’ The Parenting Show
  • Urban Mommies and other Mommy blogs

For more information contact
[email protected]

"Tells a story that is relevant and impactful. The illustrations by Christine Wei are vibrant, joyfully emotive, and culturally inclusive. An easily digestible introduction to topics such as immigration, war, and trauma, and it presents these topics through a heartwarming tale of a family coming together."

- Quill and Quire

"The Most Beautiful Thing I Have Ever Seen is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the emotional journey of refugees and the power of hope. Nadia Devi Umadat's evocative storytelling and Christine Wei's captivating illustrations combine to create a touching and unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impact on readers. Highly Recommended."

- Canadian Review of Materials

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