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Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys

Bloomsbury. Aug. 2019. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781547600977.
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Gr 2-4–The journeys of 20 animals from around the world are showcased in this beautifully illustrated book. Each animal gets a page with about five paragraphs that describe its location and lists brief facts about how and why they move. While there is a table of contents, there isn’t a definitive reason for why the entries appear in that particular order. Children might also struggle to get drawn into the story itself. The entries try to place readers in the narrative, and it’s not always an effective device. The watercolor illustrations are lovely but vague for those wanting more details. For example, the South African pilchards are shown in a group and it’s unclear what an individual fish looks like. The dolphins and swordfish in the background are more defined than the fish that’s meant to be spotlighted. The author has written other books on migration, but no back matter or recommended resources for further information is listed.
VERDICT Pretty, but not a first choice resource.

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