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North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration

by Nick Dowson

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Genre: Non-Fiction
Audience: Pre k-5
This is a beautifully illustrated book about the Artic Migration that happens every year. It describes the journey many animals and birds make over thousands of miles to get to the artic circle for a few short months only to migrate away again during winter. Children of all ages will love this book because it appeals to everyone in different ways. I will use this book with students with their science curriculum while discussing migration. ( )
  ShantiR | Feb 27, 2014 |
Beautiful illustrations. Poetic text. ( )
  MontLancLibrary | May 8, 2013 |
Grades 2-5

Spare, almost poetic, language combines with beautiful illustrations to create a book that will be a pleasure to read aloud and to pore over individually. Opening with a scene of a lone polar bear and arctic fox, Dowson explains that there are very few animals that can survive year-round in the Arctic, but as the seasons change and the weather slowly warms, animals from all over the globe start making their way north. Illustrator Benson's muted watercolors complement Dowson's text nicely, and the result is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. An author's note about the Arctic region, along with a glossary, index, and map, round out the offering. While there's not enough detail on specific animals to be helpful with reports, students will come away with an appreciation of that region as a whole.

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  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Stunning nature book! ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
It's difficult to find really good easy nonfiction, suitable for reading aloud. Ever since I started including at least one nonfiction title in my Preschool Interactive programs, I have been on a quest to find these elusive titles.

This makes it all the more exciting when I find a really amazing one like North! Simple, lyrical prose tells the story of the animals who migrate from across the world to the Arctic tundra as it slowly comes to life and blooms in the spring and summer.

The text is the perfect length to hold the attention of readers as young as preschool. The longest sections of text are still brief enough to read aloud easily,
"Some of the first to leave on their journey are gray whales. This one is young. Water slides over her barnacled head as she glides through the blue of a Mexican lagoon--over crabs and sand, past boats and other whales, and out into the cold roll of the Pacific Ocean. For eight long weeks, she'll swim north without feeding..."
These longer sections of text are broken up by spreads with only a few words, or no words at all.

The art and design of the book is also amazing. Benson's pen, pencil and watercolor artwork brings out the details of the various animals and the homes they migrate from. The artwork and text builds together to a triumphant conclusion, showing the teeming life at the height of summer in a place many people think of as cold and dead. The overall design begins with a grey and stark view of the planet from outer space, then the swirling snow and barren landscape. At the end of the story, as the migrating animals leave, the landscape fades again to greys and whites and then returns to the view from outer space.

The book includes an afterword with more information about the Arctic, some websites, a glossary, and index.

Verdict: This book is amazing on so many levels; stunning artwork and exquisite text make it a book that parents and librarians will enjoy reading aloud and kids will relish hearing and seeing. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 9780763652715; Published November 2011 by Candlewick; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Apr 1, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763652717, Hardcover)

A passionate nature lover and a renowned artist trace the awe-inspiring spring migration of millions of creatures to the Arctic--the greatest journey on Earth.

At the top of our world is a huge wild place called the Arctic.

In the winter, it is a cold and barren land, where few animals can survive. But when spring comes, it brings with it animals from every corner of the earth. Gray whales, white cranes, wolves, and caribou begin their migrations as the snow melts, gradually making the long journey north. Once they reach their destination, they will raise their young, feast on the lush Arctic tundra, and bask in the sunlight that lasts all summer. Still, this season too must pass, and by the time winter grips the Arctic once again, the visitors have gone--only to return the following year. This lushly illustrated picture book celebrates the cyclical nature of the seasons, showcasing the barren and beautiful landscapes of the Arctic Circle and reminding the reader of the hardships and harmony of life in the wild.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:00 -0400)

Presents a tribute to the migrations of millions of creatures to the Arctic, including depictions of the cyclical journeys of gray whales, caribou and more.

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