Migration Poetry with a lullaby quality.

Summary:

Going home is the beginning of ten poems, each representing a different migrating species. From deep in the ocean to up in the sky, readers learn about the road trips animals take to and from their winter and summer homes. 


Parent Perspective:
The rhyme is soothing and has a lullaby feel to it. The illustrations are lovely, and each animal is painted in enough detail to capture your reader's eye while you read the two short stanzas about each one. Each spread also includes a paragraph about the animal's migration, which depending on your audience you may or may not read. 

I can understand the near-middle-school reading level for the factual content, but the poems seem completely accessible to a second or third-grade reader. I don't see an audience any older than that.


Pros:

Short poems and lovely illustrations not only inform but calm readers as they learn about ten animal species that migrate to/from different climates.

Cons:

None.


Type of Book:
This nonfiction picture book explains the concept of migration and why animals move between homes.
Educational Themes:

The small paragraph with each animal is a nice intro to the purpose of that animal's migration pattern. There are four pages in the back of the book with more detail on the animals, a map to visualize the pattern, lists of books and websites for digging deeper, as well as a set of activities you can use to expand learning.

Reading Level:
5.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Definitely, borrow. This could make a nice gift for a young animal lover.

Title Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration
Author Marianne Berkes
Publisher Dawn Publications © 2010
Illustrators Jennifer DiRubbio
ISBN 9781584691273
Material Paperback
Cost $8.95
Genres Nature, Animal (Nonfiction), Rhyme, Geography
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