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Around the world : who's been here?
George, Lindsay Barrett.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations map, ; 29 cm
A teacher travels around the world viewing animals in their natural habitats and writes back to her class about her findings.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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What would you see and hear if you traveled to every corner of the world in search of wildlife in all its forms? Here is the answer -- and your passport to adventure. Follow Miss Lewis as she circumnavigates the globe aboard the ship Explorer and reports her experiences in photographs, sketches, and letters sent back to her students at home. What bird or animals has been in each habitat and left its unique trace? From Antarctica to Kenya, China to Alaska, there are natural wonders to observe and logical clues to piece together. Keep your eyes and mind won't want to miss a moment.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. George's earlier books, such as In the Woods: Who's Been Here? and In the Snow: Who's Been Here? (1995), follow a young brother and sister as they explore the area around their home; Around the World follows a teacher who spends the school year traveling the world on a "Circumnavigation-of-the-Globe Grant." As in the previous books, every other spread introduces a locale through illustrations and features a first-person text that notes traces of animal life and ends with the question "Who's been here?" A turn of the page reveals the answer, illustrated by a large, detailed, brilliantly colored picture of the animal in question. The answers here may be difficult for children to guess, given the wide range of possibilities. Compared with the other two books, this whirlwind tour leaves readers with little sense of place. Still, it's potentially useful if the curriculum includes a unit on world travels. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-In George's In the Snow (1995), In the Woods (1995), and Around the Pond (1996, all Greenwillow), two children explore these areas and discover signs of the wildlife that inhabit them. This time, a teacher embarks on a nine-month around-the-world voyage. In letters to her science class, Miss Lewis discusses highlights of her trip and provides drawings of some of the more significant creatures she comes across, always ending by describing the traces left by a particular animal and the question, "Who's been here?" For example, she writes from Kenya about seeing "...trees from which the bark had been stripped." A turn of the page reveals a stunning, double-page gouache painting of an African elephant and her calf. While parts of this book are more text-heavy and cluttered than in the earlier titles, the large illustrations that answer the questions remain clean, lush, and inviting. The teacher's letters are replete with the names of her colleagues and guides, enhancing the air of authenticity, and the small drawings that provide details of her experiences lend texture to the work. Inset maps focus on the part of the world appropriate to each letter and a map on the endpapers shows the teacher's journey. The final page offers more detailed information about the highlighted animals. All in all, an appealing entry that children will enjoy poring over as they meet some of the world's wildlife.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.