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Flight of the Golden Plover: The Amazing Migration Between Hawaii and Alaska

Overview

The remarkable story of the golden plover’s annual migration, this beautifully illustrated nature title for young readers sees the small but mighty plover embark on a six-thousand-mile flight between the frozen Alaska tundra and gentle grassy slopes of the Hawaiian Islands. Equally at home in his two very different habitats, the once-endangered golden plover has evolved many behaviors and adaptations that make it perfectly well-suited to each of its homes, and this book contains many fascinating facts about them....

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Overview

The remarkable story of the golden plover’s annual migration, this beautifully illustrated nature title for young readers sees the small but mighty plover embark on a six-thousand-mile flight between the frozen Alaska tundra and gentle grassy slopes of the Hawaiian Islands. Equally at home in his two very different habitats, the once-endangered golden plover has evolved many behaviors and adaptations that make it perfectly well-suited to each of its homes, and this book contains many fascinating facts about them. Readers are also introduced to the plover’s neighbors and friends—from the giant Hawaiian goose, or nene, to the musk ox, grizzly bear, arctic fox, and sandhill crane.

Describes the behavior and adaptations of the Pacific golden plover, which makes one of the greatest annual transoceanic migrations on earth.

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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
 

“This is a beautiful book in every possible way, with an incredible story to tell of bird migration. It is wonderfully informative, explaining the differences between the birds’ lives when in Hawaii and Alaska, and includes a pronunciation guide, a decorative map of the route, and detailed factual information. . . . A worthwhile addition to any library, institutional or personal.”

Midwest Book Review

“Beautiful, realistic artwork illustrates this dramatic story, which focuses on a plover family that struggles to raise its children in spite of natural predators, harsh weather conditions, and more. Highly recommended especially for public and grade school children’s library collections.”

National Science Teachers Association

“This book takes the reader on this incredible journey from start to finish—one of the world’s longest over–water migrations. . . . A wonderful addition to any elementary teacher’s library.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602231511
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,445,988
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Daniel Van Zyle is a cofounder of the Hawaii Artists Society and one of wildlife art’s most prominent print artists.

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Table of Contents

Flight of the Golden Plover
A story by Debbie S. Miller Illustrated by Daniel Van Zyle

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