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GOING HOME by Marianne Bertes

GOING HOME

The Mystery of Animal Migration

By Marianne Bertes (Author) , Jennifer DiRubbio (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 10

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58469-126-6
Publisher: Dawn Publications

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)