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North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration

Dowson, Nick (Author)
Benson, Patrick (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 53 pages
First published: 2011
ISBN: 9780763666637 (paperback)
9780763652715 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 591
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

evocative language, figurative language, stance, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This beautiful information book tells of the “huge wild place called the Arctic,” where the few animals who survive until spring are joined by great numbers of other animals from every corner of the globe “to feed and breed and roam.” Readers will learn about grey whales that swim 5000 miles from Mexico to the Arctic Circle, birds that fly twice as far, herds of pregnant caribou, grey wolves, walruses and narwhal, and the many schools of fish that undertake the incredible trek.

Spare, poetic, narrative text, peppered with interesting facts about the showcased animals, tells the cyclical story of the seasons as they apply to what the author calls “the greatest journey on Earth.”

Stunning, large-scale illustrations in soft, muted watercolours in blues, browns, greens and greys, depict the seasonal landscapes of the Arctic as well as the many animals that live and migrate there. Page layouts range from full bleed, full-page landscape spreads to multi panels, and capture both the immense hardship and precarious balance of life in the North.

This engaging and gorgeous text could spark lively discussion on environmental protection, the effects of global warming or the loss of animal habitats.

An author’s endnote about the Arctic region includes a glossary, index and map.

  •  

    Learn more about migration. Choose a migratory animal or insect and note how many kilometres it travels. How long does that take? Present what you’ve learned.

  •  What do you know about global warming? How is it affecting the Arctic and its wildlife? What is happening in the world due to the melting of the Arctic Ice Cap? In teams, come up with a list of ways to stop global warming. 
  •  Make a poster for Earth Day to create awareness of the effects of global warming on the Arctic and its wildlife.
  •  

    Look at the pictures and name the animals you already know. What do you know about global warming? How is it affecting the Arctic and its wildlife? What is happening in the world due to the melting of the Arctic Ice Cap?

  •  

    Focus on the migration of one of the animals in the book. Use a map of the world to track the places it will pass on its journey.

  •  Make a class list of interesting words that are used to describe the Arctic and its wildlife. Sort the words into adjectives and verbs. 
  •  Make a poster for Earth Day to create awareness of the effects of global warming on the Arctic and its wildlife.
  •  Take notes during the second viewing of a teacher-selected video documentary on Arctic animal migration. Discuss the topic as a class.
  •  Pretend you are a photographer and describe what you see through your lenses. Write a few descriptive sentences for your favourite illustrations.
  •  Read the author’s note. Research another animal that migrates to the Arctic and create a new page for the book.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology