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QUEST FOR THE TREE KANGAROO by Sy Montgomery Kirkus Star


An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea

by Sy Montgomery & photographed by Nic Bishop

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-49641-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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 continual questions that arise. One unfortunately flipped picture notwithstanding, Bishop’s photographs, shots of the expedition members, striking 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. (Nonfiction. 10-14)