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North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration



by
Nick Dowson
illustrated by
Patrick Benson

Edition
-
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780763652715

Awards and Honors
2012 CCBC Choices
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

In winter, the Arctic is freezing and barren. But in spring, animals swim, fly, or walk many miles to feed and breed in the spacious northern seas and tundra. Further information about the Arctic. Map. Glossary. Index. Full-color illustrations in watercolor, pen, and pencil.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

56

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 11 5/16"

Dewey

591.56/809113

AR

4.8: points 0.5

Lexile

920L

Scholastic Reading Counts

3

JLG Release

Jan 2012

Topics

Animal migration. Migratory animals. Arctic regions.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

Junior Library Guild

  • Clean, simple prose and striking paintings highlight the beauty and ecological variety of life in the Arctic Circle.
  • Memorably portrays northern migration—“the greatest journey on earth”—in which animals move north to spend the summer in the Arctic Circle before traveling south for the winter.
  • Contains fascinating and sometimes surprising facts about individual migratory species, including that gray whales travel north for eight weeks without eating, and terns fly 10,000 miles from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle each spring.
  • Patrick Benson’s palette of tans, whites, greens, and blues conveys the brilliant diversity and dynamism of the Arctic. His varied perspectives and layouts—including horizontal and vertical panels, close-ups and landscape views, and several wordless spreads—make the illustrations particularly transportive.

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Polar bears and just a few other animals—fox, musk ox, and arctic hare—are year-round residents of the far north. “But when spring comes,/bringing back the sun/with light and warmth./the Arctic changes.” Animals from many parts of the world begin an annual trek northward to give birth to their young. Narwhal whales, “strange as fairy tales,” swim, as do the blubbery walrus and even the Canadian caribou for part of the journey. Other creatures fly or walk. Dowson’s poetic text and Benson’s impressionistic watercolors introduce seasonal changes as well as various birds, mammals, and even fish that undertake the long migration. The spare text and expansive views provide an inviting sense of the terrain and the journeys endured by the animals. Fine soft pencil work shapes and shades scenes softly lighted in gold, muted green, and aquamarine tones. Set in columns of blank verse, the narrative sometimes appears in black type in a white column or running through a scene and on other pages in white letters framed on shiny aqua. Lovely wordless spreads create pauses in the evocative account. The book is an attractive entry in the growing number of nonfiction poetry picture books, offering rich read-aloud and browsing opportunities.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Horn Book

Dawson introduces young readers to the Arctic’s part-time residents: those that migrate to the region for the warmer months of summer in the Northern hemisphere. From the early months of spring to the waning days of September, the region’s famous year-round residents, polar bears, are joined by a host of other species that swim, fly, and walk to the Arctic. “It is the greatest journey on earth!” Whales from Mexico, narwhals from Europe, and herrings from Norway travel by water; Canadian caribou and grey wolves use land routes; and godwits, snow geese, cranes, and terns from as far away as Antarctica take to the skies. Benson’s luminous watercolor with pen and pencil illustrations, spread out beautifully over the oversized pages, capture the harsh conditions of the icy Arctic winters, the fleeting verdancy of the tundra in mid-summer, and the graceful movements of the migrating groups as they pass through lower latitude forests, oceans, and skies. Particularly powerful are the contrasts between the illustrations of polar bears alone in the vast open spaces of early spring and those showing the teeming life and activity in high season.

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Clean, simple prose and striking paintings highlight the beauty and ecological variety of life in the Arctic Circle.
  • Memorably portrays northern migration—“the greatest journey on earth”—in which animals move north to spend the summer in the Arctic Circle before traveling south for the winter.
  • Contains fascinating and sometimes surprising facts about individual migratory species, including that gray whales travel north for eight weeks without eating, and terns fly 10,000 miles from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle each spring.
  • Patrick Benson’s palette of tans, whites, greens, and blues conveys the brilliant diversity and dynamism of the Arctic. His varied perspectives and layouts—including horizontal and vertical panels, close-ups and landscape views, and several wordless spreads—make the illustrations particularly transportive.

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Polar bears and just a few other animals—fox, musk ox, and arctic hare—are year-round residents of the far north. “But when spring comes,/bringing back the sun/with light and warmth./the Arctic changes.” Animals from many parts of the world begin an annual trek northward to give birth to their young. Narwhal whales, “strange as fairy tales,” swim, as do the blubbery walrus and even the Canadian caribou for part of the journey. Other creatures fly or walk. Dowson’s poetic text and Benson’s impressionistic watercolors introduce seasonal changes as well as various birds, mammals, and even fish that undertake the long migration. The spare text and expansive views provide an inviting sense of the terrain and the journeys endured by the animals. Fine soft pencil work shapes and shades scenes softly lighted in gold, muted green, and aquamarine tones. Set in columns of blank verse, the narrative sometimes appears in black type in a white column or running through a scene and on other pages in white letters framed on shiny aqua. Lovely wordless spreads create pauses in the evocative account. The book is an attractive entry in the growing number of nonfiction poetry picture books, offering rich read-aloud and browsing opportunities.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Horn Book

Dawson introduces young readers to the Arctic’s part-time residents: those that migrate to the region for the warmer months of summer in the Northern hemisphere. From the early months of spring to the waning days of September, the region’s famous year-round residents, polar bears, are joined by a host of other species that swim, fly, and walk to the Arctic. “It is the greatest journey on earth!” Whales from Mexico, narwhals from Europe, and herrings from Norway travel by water; Canadian caribou and grey wolves use land routes; and godwits, snow geese, cranes, and terns from as far away as Antarctica take to the skies. Benson’s luminous watercolor with pen and pencil illustrations, spread out beautifully over the oversized pages, capture the harsh conditions of the icy Arctic winters, the fleeting verdancy of the tundra in mid-summer, and the graceful movements of the migrating groups as they pass through lower latitude forests, oceans, and skies. Particularly powerful are the contrasts between the illustrations of polar bears alone in the vast open spaces of early spring and those showing the teeming life and activity in high season.

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