September 23, 2013

A young bird's first migration

Is This Panama? A Migration Story
by Jan Thornhill
illustrations by Soyeon Kim 

When Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler, wakes up with cold toes, he knows that it's time to migrate to Panama. But all the other warblers have already left, and Sammy has no idea where Panama is! Sammy bravely sets off anyway, asking other birds and animals for help. He soon discovers that everyone is heading in a different direction: the caribou is moving to his winter forest, the sandhill cranes are going to Texas, and the darner dragonflies are flying east. Sammy also encounters danger in city windows, heavy rain, and open ocean. But with the help of some monarch butterflies and a humpback whale, Sammy makes it to his winter home.

A map at the end shows Sammy's route, and notes about animal migration round out the book.

Charmingly illustrated with cut-paper illustrations, this is a winning combination of fact and story.

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