The Journey: Stories of Migration

The Journey: Stories of Migration

by Cynthia Rylant, Lambert Davis, Lambert Davis
     
 

Join Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Lambert Davis as they follow the majestic migrations of caribou, locusts, gray whales, terns, and more creatures who must travel to survive.

Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant joins naturalist painter Lambert Davis to create a vibrant picture book that follow the migratory journeys of some magnificent

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Join Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Lambert Davis as they follow the majestic migrations of caribou, locusts, gray whales, terns, and more creatures who must travel to survive.

Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant joins naturalist painter Lambert Davis to create a vibrant picture book that follow the migratory journeys of some magnificent creatures: locusts, gray whales, American silver eels, monarch butterflies, caribou, and terns. Rylant's lively, poetic prose and Davis' exquisite, dramatic paintings offer an awe-inspiring look at the animal world and the outstanding tests of endurance and strength that the animals have undergone for centuries, and which continue to cycle on and inspire us today.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Rylant's clear descriptions are matched with expansive, semi-realistic paintings of different animals and the terrain through which they travel. Locusts, monarch butterflies, gray whales, American silver eels, caribou, and Arctic terns are presented as "...miracles in motion." Rylant mentions the incomplete understanding of science about how animals navigate the extreme distances and habitat shifts in their complex journeys. There are no maps depicting routes or location. Often, they are stated in broad terms: the gray whales go from the Arctic Circle down the west coast to Mexico, and the monarchs go from the northern United States and Canada down to California or Mexico on the one coast or Florida on the other with no specific southern locations. The Sargasso Sea, where the eels begin life, the tundra of the caribou, or the unspecified African regions invaded by the locusts may be dim realities for some readers. No acknowledgment of scientific sources is offered. Most of the animal portraits are reasonable approximations (the enlarged, hard-edge locusts have a mechanical feel), and the realistic stories will be enjoyed by those who favor books about real animals. They will also serve well as read-aloud introductions to classroom units on migration.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In something of a departure for a writer known better for her poetry and fiction, Rylant presents readers with a lovely sequence of musings on migration. Locusts, American silver eels and caribou join monarch butterflies, Arctic terns and gray whales-"so different from each other but so alike in one profound way: Each must move." Her sense of wonder never far from the fore, the author describes each animal and its astonishing journey, the text characteristically poetic yet eminently readable for those recent graduates from Henry and Mudge: "[T]hese grasshoppers will begin changing. . . . And when they rise up to fly together by the billions, they will be grasshoppers no more. They will be locusts." Davis's highly saturated paintings emphasize the majestic, and if they're a touch too ponderous to be a perfect complement to the light lyricism of the text, they are nevertheless undeniably beautiful. In its breadth, it's a terrific introduction to the whole concept of migration. As such, however, it's a pity that there are no references to any further reading for children who want to find out more. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590307178
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of many beloved books for young people, including the Mr. Putter & Tabby series, the novel Missing May, which received the Newbery Medal, and the Little Whistle series. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington. ARTHUR HOWARD is best known as the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter & Tabby series. He is also the illustrator of Kathi Appelt's Bubba and Beau series and has written and illustrated three picture books of his own: Hoodwinked; When I Was Five, an ABA's Pick of the Lists and a Crayola Kids Best Book; and Cosmo Zooms, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. He lives in New York City.

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