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Home at last : a song of migration
Sayre, April Pulley.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holt, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
Describes how a variety of creatures, including a butterfly, a sea turtle, a caribou herd, and an Arctic tern, find their ways home.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 46718.
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QL754 .S29 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL754 .S29 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Some animals have only one home. They may travel just a few inches, yards, or miles from that spot. But others migrate great distances. They spend part of their time in one home and part of it in another. On the journey in between, they may swim, crawl, fly, or walk a mile, a thousand miles, or even halfway around the earth.April Pulley Sayre's lyrical text conveys the wonder that surrounds the mystery of migration. She writes about a variety of animals, from monarch butterflies to blue whales. With exquisite detail, the graceful illustrations by Alix Berenzy depict the animals on their journeys, and the book's last pages provide factual information about each animal's life and habits.

Author Notes

April Pulley Sayre is the author of several books for young readers. She makes her home in South Bend, Indiana. Alix Berenzy is the illustrator of Into the Sea , by Brenda Z. Guiberson, an acclaimed book about the life of the endangered sea turtle, as well as Rapunzel and A Frog Prince (all Holt). Ms. Berenzy lives in Benton, Pennsylvania.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-9. The facts and the wonder of animal migration are conveyed in a simple, lyrical text with soft pastel illustrations. The words are physical, making us imagine what it is like for one warbler to flap its wings a thousand miles. Out at sea, salmon remember a smell, and they will swim 2,000 miles, even hop up waterfalls, to return home. Tiny wings carry a monarch butterfly hundreds of miles "one flutter at a time": a spreading picture shows a single fragile butterfly in the sky high above the land--until you turn the page and see that migrant butterfly "home at last" with all the others that have found their way there. Whales, caribou, lobsters, which march "tentacle to tail," and the Arctic tern, which travels 12,000 miles, all find their way home at last. Notes at the back fill in information about each species, and children will want to know more once they are excited by the astonishing journeys of one creature at a time. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Rich pastel-on-black illustrations accompany a brief lyrical text presenting migratory journeys made by a miscellany of critters, from sea turtles seeking to nest on their own birth-beaches to monarch butterflies flittering inconceivable miles to wintering groves in the mountains of Mexico. The simplistic text may lead to some confusion for youngsters, particularly regarding spiny lobsters (they move to deep reefs to avoid winter storms and colder waters, and not all go "south"), and purists will deplore the use of the anthropomorphic term "home" for migratory goals. However, that term will be comprehensible to a young audience being exposed to the concept of migration for the first time, and does impart a sense of rightness to the creatures' immediate destinations. Berenzy's lush, realistic illustrations provide sumptuous visualizations to those neophytes as well. A concluding section offers short paragraphs of further information useful to field questions from interested youngsters.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.