Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move

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Great herds of zebra thundering across the African plain…fragile butterflies traveling unbelievable distances…family groups of whales coursing through the waves. Many kinds of animals make annual migrations, and their stories reveal incredible strength and will to survive. These treks are magnificently documented in Great Migrations, the children’s illustrated companion to the upcoming 7-hour National Geographic television special of the same name.
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Great herds of zebra thundering across the African plain…fragile butterflies traveling unbelievable distances…family groups of whales coursing through the waves. Many kinds of animals make annual migrations, and their stories reveal incredible strength and will to survive. These treks are magnificently documented in Great Migrations, the children’s illustrated companion to the upcoming 7-hour National Geographic television special of the same name.
Created for the huge audience of young animal lovers—and for the nation’s schools, where migration is taught as part of the core curriculum—this book spotlights wild creatures of highest interest to children. Action-filled photo spreads deliver immense "wow" appeal as animals vault over obstacles and escape the clutches of predators. Info-graphic spreads pack in the fascinating facts, with at-a-glance information on where, why, and how animals migrate.
Throughout the coverage, this timely book addresses the effect of climate change on animal migration—a story that is just now reaching the public, from scientists and other experts who have witnessed alarming trends.
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Human migrations are momentous, but there is something magnificent, even wondrous about great animal migrations. These hardcover pictorial, one for adults, one for young people, expand our imaginations by showing us the majestic, often continent-spanning movements of species in trademark National Geographic "info-graphic" style. Some of these courageous crusaders are as tiny and fragile as butterfly; others, as large and awesome as elephants and whales, but alone and together, they display the miracles of nature.

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Fantastic photographs of migrating animals with just the right amount of factual material make this book eye?catching and interesting. It's an "official companion to the National Geographic Channel global television event" and part of the "National Geographic Kids" series. A graph showing the migrations from the shortest to the longest and a map of the world showing the location of the animals provide a clarifying beginning. The migrating journeys of eight animals are explained through narrative and double?page photos. Beginning with Mali desert elephants, several paragraphs explain their migration while numbered statistics, such as the number of miles they travel each year, are written in large print. Excellent maps to show the location of each animal's journey are included. In the section about red crabs, it tells about how ants are devastating the crab population. We find out that Monarch butterflies favorite food is milkweed, ten million jellyfish participate in their migration, and zebras travel more than a thousand miles a year. A photograph of a group of army ants is next to a close?up that shows every detail. Information about wildebeests and sperm whales complete the text. A table of contents and an index are included. This would be a very useful text for supplementing science curriculums, and the overall presentation makes it appealing for children who are reading independently. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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“In the official companion to the fall TV special, zebras throng the East African plains, sharks slice through the waters off Baja California, and king penguins totter across islands of the Southern Ocean. The photos are rendered in instantly recognizable National Geographic style, vivid and clear.” –EW.com (Entertainment Weekly)
 
“Great Migrations tackles everything from ants to elephants, and even sea life—including Earth’s largest fish, the whale shark. The movement and images of all of these creatures is no less than breathtaking, and writer K.M. Kostyal brings all of the images into perspective with excellent accompanying text.” –BookPage
 
“Brings nature to life with a visual and emotional wallop…a wondrous new jaw-dropper… movingly beautiful…” –The Washington Post
 
“…details, with amazing photos, the astonishing distances covered and dangers faced by creatures ranging from monarch butterflies to sperm whales.” –San Antonio Express-News
 
“Author K. M. Kostyal keys on the internal and external forces behind these journeys, which sometimes sends two species into a choreographed collision.” –Access Atlanta
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Fantastic photographs of migrating animals with just the right amount of factual material make this book eye?catching and interesting. It's an "official companion to the National Geographic Channel global television event" and part of the "National Geographic Kids" series. A graph showing the migrations from the shortest to the longest and a map of the world showing the location of the animals provide a clarifying beginning. The migrating journeys of eight animals are explained through narrative and double?page photos. Beginning with Mali desert elephants, several paragraphs explain their migration while numbered statistics, such as the number of miles they travel each year, are written in large print. Excellent maps to show the location of each animal's journey are included. In the section about red crabs, it tells about how ants are devastating the crab population. We find out that Monarch butterflies favorite food is milkweed, ten million jellyfish participate in their migration, and zebras travel more than a thousand miles a year. A photograph of a group of army ants is next to a close?up that shows every detail. Information about wildebeests and sperm whales complete the text. A table of contents and an index are included. This would be a very useful text for supplementing science curriculums, and the overall presentation makes it appealing for children who are reading independently. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426307003
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 232,630
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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