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Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration

Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration

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by Marianne Berkes

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Teachers! You will love this one, which is almost a whole unit on migration wrapped in a winning combination of easy verse, factual language, and beautiful illustrations. For animals, migration is a powerful compulsion, sometimes over long distances, often skipping meals. Sometimes, as in the case of the monarch butterfly, a round-trip takes several generations. Why


Teachers! You will love this one, which is almost a whole unit on migration wrapped in a winning combination of easy verse, factual language, and beautiful illustrations. For animals, migration is a powerful compulsion, sometimes over long distances, often skipping meals. Sometimes, as in the case of the monarch butterfly, a round-trip takes several generations. Why do they do it? How do they succeed? The ten featured species offer a broad representation of migration: loggerhead turtles, monarch butterflies, manatees, ruby-throated hummingbirds, Pacific salmon, Canada geese, California gray whales, caribou, Arctic tern, and emperor penguin. The book is loaded with additional tips for teachers. Once again Marianne Berkes combines her teaching, writing, and theatrical skills to combine entertainment with education--creative non-fiction at its best.

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Children's Literature - Deborah Steinig
This creative nonfiction book explains the migration patterns of ten animals. The animals, primarily North American, include mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects. Every two-page spread includes a poem narrated in first person by the featured animal, followed by a prose paragraph naming the animal and giving more migration facts. Still more information is provided by the illustrations, which show each animal's habitat. Each part of this book works well. The simple verses, each beginning with the refrain "Going home, going home," retain their rhythm and rhyme scheme without becoming forced or sing-songy. The prose paragraphs do not follow any particular formula but rather share whatever is most noteworthy about each animal's migration, whether it be the reason, the route, or survival strategies during the voyage. Each illustration features one animal in almost photographic detail, while the background and surrounding animals are portrayed in soft focus. The illustrator's colorful but slightly muted palette adds to the pictures' gentle tone. The final illustration shows a color-coded map of all ten species' migratory patterns. An appendix offers still more detailed information about these animals, as well as a list of websites for further research. For teachers, the author suggests activities suitable for a first through third grade classroom. With its flexible text—a younger audience could be read just the poems, while the oldest readers could pursue the additional information in the appendix—this book is appropriate for ages four through nine; the inviting and informative pictures will also appeal to this wide range. Overall, this is a good nonfiction choice for home or school. Reviewer: Deborah Steinig
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Teachers especially will welcome this poetic look at animal migration patterns. Ten critters, ranging from Canada geese to caribou and loggerhead turtles, celebrate their "going home" with a rhyme, a small paragraph of information, and a colorful, realistic illustration spreading across facing pages. A large map helps readers follow migratory patterns, and a closing section contains a look at the "mystery" of migration, further data on the creatures in focus, and a handy-dandy passel of suggestions, such as to "Write Your Own Story" about an animal not included in this book. Similar in scope to Berkes's Over in the Arctic (2008) and Over in the Jungle (2007, both Dawn), the book is a pleasant way to tie creative writing and natural history in a simple package.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews
A creative-nonfiction look at animal migration. Each spread focuses on one animal, describing both its journey and the reason behind it-the change of season, to give birth or to search for food and water. An additional paragraph rounds out the information presented in the rhyming verses-a good thing, as the poetry is weak, to say the least. The animals include a good mix of fauna from land, sea and air, and many will be familiar to readers. A final spread combines the migration routes of all the animals on a map focused on North America. DiRubbio's realistic artwork places each animal in its own environment, complete with the surrounding colors and flora. While highlighting the individual animal "speaking" in the verses, she also depicts whether the animal is usually a part of a herd or solitary. Extensive backmatter features more facts about migration, a paragraph of further information about each animal, some activity ideas from the author including another example of creative-nonfiction writing and a list of resources for learning more about the animals presented. A solid introductory look at animal migration in a form that the youngest readers will appreciate. (Illustrated picture book. 4-10)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Marianne Berkes to help children appreciate and understand science. The additional information at the end of the book helps children go further into the subject area. I am always impressed by her writing and how she presents her subject matter, including beautiful artwork by various artists which enhance each story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TheMidwestBookReview More than 1 year ago
"Going Home, The Mystery of Animal Migration" is a book of clear and clever poetry that tells all about different animals' migration habits, patterns, and history. Each animal described is illustrated in a two page painting, a memorable descriptive verse, and additional information about the animal is presented in a paragraph at the bottom of the page. At the end of the book is a color coded list of the animals and their migration routes shown on a map of the world to further explain the amazing migratory patterns of the ten animals included. Additional books, websites, and movies are listed along with further information about teach animal species, and further tips from the author give good activity suggestions for further learning about animal migration. Designed to appeal to the elementary student, "Going Home" is a valuable resource for students, parents and teachers interested in learning more about animal migration.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Going Home is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
How would you feel if you had to travel from New York to California and back-every year-without the aid of cars, trains, or airplanes? Yet some animals do just that sort of thing. They migrate, sometimes up to thousands of miles, by water, air, or land, for various reasons: to raise their young, to stay warm, or to find food. The monarch butterflies which fly from the north to California or Mexico, the California gray whales which swim from the waters off California and Mexico to the Bering Sea, and the caribou or reindeer of the tundra which travel over 1,000 miles using the same routes every year, are just three of the ten animals whose migrations are described poetically in Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration, which is another "Sharing Nature With Children Book" from Dawn Publications. Author Marianne Berkes, whose Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef and Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme, also from Dawn Publications, I have reviewed previously, uses what she calls "creative non-fiction," enhanced with the lovely, colorful illustrations by Jennifer DiRubbio, to introduce children to the wonders of animal migration. The text is certainly entertaining, but the educational benefit is augmented by six pages in the back with further information about the mystery of migration; how to learn more about the animals with books, websites, and movies; additional facts about the migrating animals; and tips from the author which include checking the Dawn Publications website to find "Educator Tools" for Going Home. In addition to learning about the animals, there is some geography here too, with a map showing the different animals' migration routes. This is a fascinating book that parents and teachers will find very useful.