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A Caribou Journey

A Caribou Journey

by Debbie S. Miller
     
 

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Life in the frozen tundra of Alaska is hard and cold for the hearty caribou. With their thick coats and their padded, shovel-like hooves, caribou are ideally adapted to the snow and the dangers that await them.

Overview

Life in the frozen tundra of Alaska is hard and cold for the hearty caribou. With their thick coats and their padded, shovel-like hooves, caribou are ideally adapted to the snow and the dangers that await them.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The great migration of the caribou is detailed in this book, accompanied by lovingly crafted acrylic paintings. The text focuses on one female (or "cow") and her offspring, following them on their journey through the arctic. Lots of information is conveyed within the context of the story, making this an enjoyable way to learn about life on the tundra.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A detailed, richly illustrated title. Miller is a natural storyteller and expertly interweaves facts into her narrative. Van Zyle's dramatic paintings that flow across each double-page spread are created with acrylics painted on untempered masonite panels, and vividly portray seasonal changes in the land and life cycle of the caribou. Both the words and pictures breathe life into the images of a cold and windy Arctic winter, the scraping sound of the animals pawing for food beneath the snow, the crackling of the ice, bulls fighting for mates, and numerous other behaviors. Because the text is superimposed over the illustrations some pages are a bit difficult to read, but well worth the effort for every word is carefully chosen to re-create the sights and sounds of the caribou's environment. An exceptional source of information and an outstanding picture book.-Roz Goodman, Bering Strait School District Media Center, Unalakleet, AK
Mary Harris Veeder
Although the picture book format and the focus on one caribou mother and her calf on the Alaskan tundra make this seem to be only a "storybook," Miller provides information in the text that goes well beyond the picturesque. For example, an illustration showing the caribou mother jumping in alarm is accompanied by text explaining the concurrent release of a strong scent from the animal's hoof glands--the literal "smell of danger." The oil paintings provide background vistas that will give the book appeal for very young nature enthusiasts.
Booklist

"Miller provides information in the text that goes well beyond the picturesque. . .The oil paintings provide background vistas that will give the book appeal for very young nature enthusiasts."—Booklist
Inc. - The Horn Book

"The focus is on the experiences of a mother and her yearling and newborn, as caribou activities are described. Dramatic depictions of their search for food, escapes from attacking eagles and tormenting mosquitoes, and the perils of migrating bring an immediacy to the description of their daily lives. The vividly presented information is enhanced by acrylic paintings."—The Horn Book, Inc.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602230972
Publisher:
University of Alaska Press
Publication date:
08/15/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
314,558
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Debbie S. Miller is the author of several picture books including A Polar Bear Journey, one of Booklist's Top Ten Animal Books for Youth.

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