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Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration

Press: Dawn Pubns; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-3
ISBN:9781584691266
Author Name:Berkes, Marianne; DiRubbio, Jennifer;
Pages:32
Language:English

Content

Teachers! You will love this one, which is almost a whole unit on migration wrapped in a winning combination of easy verse, factual language, and beautiful illustrations. 
For animals, migration is a powerful compulsion, sometimes over long distances, often skipping meals.
Sometimes, as in the case of the monarch butterfly, a round-trip takes several generations.
Why do they do it? How do they succeed? The ten featured species offer a broad representation of migration: loggerhead turtles, monarch butterflies, manatees, ruby-throated hummingbirds, Pacific salmon, Canada geese, California gray whales, caribou, Arctic tern, and emperor penguin.
The book is loaded with additional tips for teachers.
Once again Marianne Berkes combines her teaching, writing, and theatrical skills to combine entertainment with education--creative non-fiction at its best.

From Booklist

This introduction to animals’ migratory habits functions almost more as a comprehensive lesson plan than as a straightforward picture book. 
Poems written from the point of view of migrating animals themselves, accompanied by brief facts, are followed by extensive back matter including additional information about each of the animals, a map showing migratory paths, suggested books and Web sites, information about migration itself, and extended activities.
Although much of the back matter will be of interest primarily to educators, the poetry and illustrations are child-friendly and should pique and hold young zoologists’ interest.
The animals featured are ones that children know: turtles, monarch butterflies, and whales, among others.
The poems feature accessible vocabulary and carry the theme “Going home, going home” throughout.
Softly colored double-page spreads use a variety of perspectives to show the animals both close-up and in the context of their environments.
Best for curricular use, in a school, classroom, or homeschool library.
Grades K-2.
--Diane Foote

Review

A creative-nonfiction look at animal migration. 
Each spread focuses on one animal, describing both its journey and the reason behind it - the change of season, to give birth or to search for food and water.
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The animals include a good mix of fauna from land, sea and air, and many will be familiar to readers.
A final spread combines the migration routes of all the animals on a map focused on North America.
DiRubbio s realistic artwork places each animal in its own environment, complete with the surrounding colors and flora.
While highlighting the individual animal speaking in the verses, she also depicts whether the animal is usually a part of a herd or solitary.
Extensive backmatter features more facts about migration, a paragraph of further information about each animal, some activity ideas from the author including another example of creative-nonfiction writing and a list of resources for learning more about the animals presented.
A solid introductory look at animal migration in a form that the youngest readers will appreciate --Kirkus Reviews (April 2010)Teachers especially will welcome this poetic look at animal migration patterns.
Ten critters, ranging from Canada geese to caribou and loggerhead turtles, celebrate their going home with a rhyme, a small paragraph of information, and a colorful, realistic illustration spreading across facing pages.
A large map helps readers follow migratory patterns, and a closing section contains a look at the of migration, further data on the creatures in focus, and a handy-dandy passel of suggestions .
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the book is a pleasant way to tie creative writing and natural history in a simple package.
--School Library Journal (May 2010)Teachers especially will welcome this poetic look at animal migration patterns.
Ten critters, ranging from Canada geese to caribou and loggerhead turtles, celebrate their going home with a rhyme, a small paragraph of information, and a colorful, realistic illustration spreading across facing pages.
A large map helps readers follow migratory patterns, and a closing section contains a look at the of migration, further data on the creatures in focus, and a handy-dandy passel of suggestions .
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the book is a pleasant way to tie creative writing and natural history in a simple package.
--School Library Journal (May 2010)

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Children's Books,Science, Nature & How It Works,Animals

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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     Wonderful book! My pre-kindergarten children loved it!

  •     With beautiful illustrations of the natural world, and the rhythms of poetic verse, this story unlocks the mystery of migration of ten animals, ranging from turtles to penguins.

  •     Great way to teach about migration to little children.

  •     "Going Home, The Mystery of Animal Migration" is a book of clear and clever poetry that tells all about different animals' migration habits, patterns, and history.

  •     This content would not download to my PC or Mac Kindle, and is not viewable, being very small print that cannot be read or made larger on the device that it would download on.

  •     How would you feel if you had to travel from New York to California and back--every year--without the aid of cars, trains, or airplanes?

  •     This is a beautiful rhyming book that I purchased I share with my first grade class. This is a great book about the migration of animals. Each page has facts about each animal featured and more information and activities after the story. My students enjoyed this book.

  •     The book has lovely pictures and good information. I should have researched more, though, because it is not a preschool level book in any way. I left it on the shelf and they did enjoy the pictures.

  •     Great book for under age 10 for understanding migration

  •     Great book with lots of love interesting facts about migration. I loved the illustrations and so did my students. The maps are a great bonus as well. I used it to help teach a first and second grade unit on how animals survive the winter and will certainly use this again and again!

  •     Great story and lesson on migration. My kindergarten students loved this book.

  •     Great book for sharing migration.

  •     Excellent

 

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