Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea


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ISBN-13: 9780618496419
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/30/2006
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,027,402
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.Visit his website at:

Researching films, articles, and 22 books, SY MONTGOMERY has hiked the Altai Mountains of Mongolia looking for snow leopards, tracked tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, and more. A National Book Award finalist, she has also been honored with a Sibert Medal, two Science Book and Film prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. Visit her online at and on Twitter @SyTheAuthor.


Hancock, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1958

Place of Birth:

Frankfurt, Germany


Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

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The writer and photographer of this exemplary description of science field work accompanied researcher Lisa Dabek on an expedition high in New Guinea's mountains to study tree kangaroos and promote the conservation of this elusive and endangered species. With early references to Dr. Seuss and hobbits, Montgomery connects the world of the young reader to this beautiful, distant place. She paces her narrative well, alternating focus on people and place, keeping the reader engaged and concerned about the expedition's success. As in other books in the series, she describes how local schoolchildren are involved. Her detailed account highlights scientific work habits, including extensive planning, necessary patience, careful observations and recording and the contiunal questions that arise. One unfortunately flipped picture notwithstanding, Bishop's photographs, shots of the expedition members, strinking close-ups of flora and fauna including the sought-for kangaroo and lush, green cloud forest scenes, are beautifully reproduced. From the maps in front to the concluding suggestions for young enthusiasts, information about the language, and index, this is another commendable title from an experienced team.
Publishers Weekly, Starred

Another beautifully illustrated entry in the Scientists in the field series... Montgomery gives a chronological, sometimes moment-by-moment account of the challenging climb into the remote cloud forest...[giving] an unusually strong, visceral sense of the work and cooperation fieldwork entails and the scope and uniqueness of theis particular mission...As usual, Bishop's color photographs are exemplary and extend the excitement in close-ups of creatures and of the team at work.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Montgomery's friendliness and curiosity set the tone...Bishop's photography is, as always, outstanding...Dabek's advice to young naturalists...[is a] useful addition.
Horn Book

In this fact-packed adventure with stunning photos, readers joins scientists in New Guinea to radio-collar the way-cute tree-dweller.
People Magazine

"[M]eet the amazing scientists who track these elusive animals." Midwest Book Review November 2007 Midwest Book Review

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Quest For The Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition To The Cloud Forest Of New Guinea (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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allie_mansfield on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book has incredible photographs. They are so vivid and lively to the reader. This book has great information on the tree kangaroo in New Guinea. This would be an excellent source for a research paper.
ktibbs on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book follows scientist Lisa Dabek and her team of scientist and researchers into the rain forest of New Guinea to search for the Tree Kangaroo. The author uses kid friendly words and phrases and the pictures truly help tell the story of what life is like in this magical jungle. They faced the struggles of the altitude, leeches and wet conditions. They found a wide array of exotic animals and ran some test on the Tree Kangaroo. Lisa is a true lover of animals and takes great care and interest in their health.
alebarbu on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book takes the reader on an expedition to the heart of the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea in the search of the elusive, very rare and terribly cute Matschie¿s tree kangaroo. After being presented to the team (composed of Lisa Dabek, leading Matschie's tree kangaroo researcher, other scientists, a veterinarian, an artist, a zookeeper, the book photographer and its author and local trackers) as if the reader was also part of it, we are taken through all the steps of this scientific expedition from the preparations to the plane trip and then grueling hike to arrive to the research site. Vivid details about the difficulties of hiking at a high altitude with high humidity levels, treacherous roots, mud holes, pesky leeches and bugs plunge the reader in the heart of the adventure. We get excited with the team when they finally find one, then two, and then two more of these little-studied kangaroos. One wish more information would be given about these animals, but they are so hard to find, and have only been recently studied by Lisa and her teams that very little is known about them so far. This book reads like a story, not like a nonfiction informational book, but the writing is quite dense, so it would not be appropriate for early elementary grades. The beautiful photographs on each page feature people who participated in the expedition, native animals (all the more stunning one from the other) and people, the fascinating primitive cloud forest and of course, the tree kangaroos themselves. Information is given about the culture of the local people, the place, and local animals, so one learns about much more than the tree kangaroo. This is an inspirational book destined to entice youngsters who love animals to pursue their passion, but it is also a good book for anyone, young and old, who loves wild animals and might want to help in their conservation. Resources to learn more about tree kangaroos are given at the end, and there is a page with words and expressions in Tok Pisin, one of the languages of Papua New Guinea. Grades 5 and up.
isaacfellows on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I felt like this book committed the crime of talking to kids like they're kids. It's a great subject and a winning setting, but the tone ruined it for me. I'd recommend it for the photos only.
JulieMagen on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love this book! I had actually never heard of a tree kangaroo before reading this book. I think they are the cutest things!! This book tells of the expedition a team went on to learn more about how to save these little marsupials. I loved the photographs of the rainforest in New Guinea. There is actually a lot of information on New Guinea and its rare species. I am interested in learning more about the large island of new guinea and all of its rare creatures. I thought the most interesting part of the book was finding out the different types of animals that are only found on New Guinea.
dhn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo is a wonderful narrative about one woman and her team that went on a journey in the cloud forest of New Guinea to learn about the beautiful Matschie¿s tree kangaroo. The entire expedition is recorded with great attention to detail. The supplies needed for the trip, the village people that take part in the search, the capture of the tree kangaroo, and the scientific research being conducted during this expedition are all expertly photographed and described. This book would be a wonderful addition to any classroom or home of a child fascinated by creatures of the wild.
ecosborne on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sy Montgomery tells of his journey to New Guinea with Lisa Dabek and her team to research the tree kangaroo. This book is good because it isn't all science there are many aspects that the reader can relate to.
erineell on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Quest for the Tree Kangaroos: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea is a non-fiction specialized book about Matschie's tree kangaroos. Author Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop traveled to Papua New Guinea to document this scientific expedition, which was led by Lisa Dabek and her team of six other individuals. The crew was compiled of scientists, a zookeeper and a veterinarian- each one bringing a unique skill to help uncover the mysteries of the tree kangaroo. This expository text is unique, as it reads more as a story than a non-fiction title. From the beginning stages of the expedition to the conservation efforts of the Matschie's, readers will feel as if they were on the trip too. Quest for the Tree Kangaroos: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea is Montgomery¿s account of the expedition, in its entirety. This book is interesting and it delivers the most relevant information on this topic, as Lisa Dabek is the leading expert on Matschie's tree kangaroos. The superb photos and captions clarify and extend the text. Moreover, Montgomery¿s ability to explain concepts, scientific instruments and cultural aspects heightens readers¿ curiosities. Although this book does not include a Table of Contents, it does have additional features (such as Tree Kangaroos Near You and Let¿s Tok Pisin) that support further discover of the topic of tree kangaroos. This book is great for readers who are interested in wild animals and wild places. Definitely, a must have book for any library serving elementary and middle school readers. Age Appropriate: 10 years-old and up
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Goes to the new camp. With kits she had dont named or is not rped yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am sorry but i am so upset...... I hate my stupid brother. Why does he have to be in this world anyway.