NONFICTION

The Arctic Fox’s Journey

HarperCollins/Harper. (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1). Oct. 2019. 40p. glossary. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062490834; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780062490827.
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PreS-Gr 3–The arctic fox is native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. This level-one series entry portrays the winter activities of one female as she migrates almost 2,000 miles in the North Pole area. Portrayed with a childlike face that always seems to be smiling, the fox resembles someone’s little house cat rather than an animal that can “howl and growl.” She faces many dangers as she hunts lemmings, finishes a polar bear’s leftover seal, and eats a frozen goose egg. Yet there’s also time for contemplation, as the fox studies the sky and watches a group of migrating snow geese. A double-page spread of activities will help readers understand camouflage and how white winter fur can hide the arctic fox in the snow. The glossary of nine terms is marred by its definition of hibernate, which is listed as “resting in a safe place in the winter” with no mention of dormancy.
VERDICT The illustrations seem more appropriate for a picture book than an introduction to the life and behavior of a wild animal. Ultimately, this is a marginal purchase.

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