They Walk the Earth: The Extraordinary Travels of Animals on Land

They Walk the Earth: The Extraordinary Travels of Animals on Land

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by Seymour Simon, Simon, Elsa Warnick

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Companion books:
They Swim the Seas: The Mystery of Animal Migration
Ride the Wind: Airborne Journeys of Animals and Plants  See more details below


Companion books:
They Swim the Seas: The Mystery of Animal Migration
Ride the Wind: Airborne Journeys of Animals and Plants

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Much as he did in the first two installments of his wonderful migration series, (Ride the Wind in 1997 and They Swim the Seas in 1998) Simon, with his well-written text, describes the unbelievable migrations of earth's most mobile land animals. In an organizational format, that at first seems extremely disjointed, Simon creates the perfect research report students often have a hard time emulating. As the land migrations and attributes of the caribou, lemming, polar bears, elephants, bison, and, finally, humans are described in wonderful detail, the illustrations, created by Warnick in attractive watercolor, do an adequate job of supporting the text. Although lacking any kind of bibliography, index, or glossary, which seems as if it would enhance such a nonfiction title as this, the outstanding text, illustrations, and report format are enough to nail down an offering worth purchasing unpaged. 2000, Browndeer Press/Harcourt Inc., Ages 8 to 12, $17.00. Reviewer: Betsy Barnett—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A companion volume to this creative team's Ride the Wind (1997) and They Swim the Seas (1998, both Harcourt), this title completes the trilogy on migration. It begins with an almost poetic look at land-animal migration, including not only the expected long, seasonal journeys but also shorter treks, such as those made by amphibians to spawning grounds (ponds, spring pools, etc.). The narrative contains longish segments on several mammals-among them caribou and elephants-with a brief look at nomadic humans. The principal text ends rather abruptly and is followed by a six-page section called "More about Land Journeys." The lyrical text and delicately rendered earth-toned watercolors complement one another flawlessly. Though there is much here to entice avid researchers (despite a lack of index), this is really not crafted as grist for the academic mill. Rather, it is designed for curious, reflective readers, who will mentally reorganize the somewhat disparate information into a mental picture of a moving global mosaic.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
This book focuses on one broad concept that children can and should understand: "In one way or another, land animals small and large are always on the move." The author, in spare, elegant language, creates for the reader the experience of traveling along with a number of species of animals. Caribou (reindeers) are awarded the most pages in the book. Their year-round, 3,000-mile migrations are dramatically different from the lives of "Santa Claus reindeers" seen in wire enclosures. Other land animals described are lemmings, polar bears, elephants, bison, amphibians, wolves, lynx, and bears. Humans who wander with their flocks are also included. Humans who hunt and farm are identified as enemies of some migrating animals. Warnick's pastel watercolors vary in their success as illustrations For example, the painting of elephants traveling in single file across a grassy plain is effective, but the illustration of two bull caribou with their antlers interlocked in a test of strength does not convey the violence of such an encounter. This book could be read aloud to students in grade 3 or 4. Older students would gain from reading the book themselves. For the book to be convenient for students to use in their research, it would have been advantageous to include page numbers as well as a table of contents. Recommended, Grades 3-6, General Audience. REVIEWER: William F. Read (Educational Consultants)
Kirkus Reviews
The team that collaborated on two previous titles in this series, They Swim the Seas (1998) and Ride the Wind (1997), turns its attention to the overland migration of various groups of animals, including the Lapps of northern Norway. An afterword discussing migration in general briefly mentions several other animals. This section would have profited by continuing as it began with small portraits of the animals under consideration; readers are familiar with wolves and bears, which are illustrated, but may not be able to see in their mind's eyes the European bison, Przewalski's horse, and the saiga, which are not. The journeys of animals treated more fully seem to have been chosen on a desultory but primarily mammalian basis. The migrations of some—caribou and elephant—are clearly shown to be purposeful, whereas the routes of polar bears, traveling on `shifting ice floes and pack ice,` are reported to have definite aims, though no substantiating evidence is offered. Overburdening the capacity of home range pushes Norwegian lemmings into a search for new territory, the largest migration occurring once every 30 years or so. Faced with a body of water, they jump in and try to reach new land, thereby giving rise to the notion that they are suicidal. Described as `small rodents about the size of a fist` (a heavyweight boxer's fist? a six-year-olds?) a couple of lemmings are shown fighting to the death under population pressure in a full-page, otherwise work-a-day illustration. This purportedly informational book may arouse more questions from attentive young readers than it answers. (Nonfiction. 6-9)

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Raintree Publishers
Publication date:
Migration Series
Product dimensions:
11.31(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Filled with fish.