A WOOLLY MAMMOTH JOURNEY by Debbie S. Miller

A WOOLLY MAMMOTH JOURNEY

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Age Range: 6 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

The shaggy six-ton Ice Age relatives of the African elephant are brought to life again in this nature adventure by the author of A Caribou Journey (1994). Miller follows Wise One, the matriarch of a small band of mammoths, and her family as they move across the windswept Mammoth Steppe in an endless search for their daily meals—400 pounds of fresh grass and twigs. There is danger, drama, and joy as she describes the birth of a new calf, encounters with predators and nomadic human hunters, and the rigors of the annual migration. Text includes careful details about trunks, teeth, and diet woven into a family saga that follows the mammoths throughout the year. The author concludes with a page of additional facts and information on recent fossil discoveries. The acrylic paintings on Masonite board are especially appealing. Filling the double pages, they capture the essence of the enormous “walking haystacks” and the harsh terrain in which they lived. There are playful portraits of the small mammoth trumpeting water, Wise One and her cousin intertwining trunks and tusks in greeting, and panoramas of frost-covered mammoths moving across snow-filled steppes in search of food. Vivid writing and equally impressive illustrations make this an excellent science title for young readers. (Nonfiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-316-57212-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2001




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