The Longest Journey: An Arctic Tern’s Migration

Holiday House/Neal Porter. Jul. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823447008.
K-Gr 3–The latest offering from Hevron recounts the journey an Arctic tern takes each year. With the resemblance of a poem, readers will be delighted to learn of this well-traveled species. Bite-size chunks of non-rhyming prose convey the 60,000-mile round-trip voyage an Arctic tern takes from Greenland to Antarctica and back. Charming illustrations display incredible craftsmanship and portray locations and wildlife these birds encounter throughout the journey. Within the illustrations, Hevron notes approximate dates of each stop to provide extra context for readers, allowing them to live vicariously through the travels of the Arctic tern. Included at the end is more information about terns, including their life stages, what they eat, and where to see them along their journey. Hevron also includes further reading options and the sources. This title could be considered a younger read-alike to Phillip Hoose’s Moonbird, which focuses on the journey of Red Knots.
VERDICT Young wildlife enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy learning about the Arctic tern’s annual trek in this recommended purchase for libraries with vast wildlife collections, especially those with a proclivity for literary nonfiction.

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