Is This Panama? A Migration Storyby Jan Thornhill (Author), Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
Wonderfully narrated story about migration!
It’s Fall. It’s getting colder every day. We look outside at our backyard and see fewer birds. There are not many squirrels running around. If you were looking for a book to explain what happens to all those birds and critters then read this one!
“Is this Panama?” is a story about little Sammy, a young Wislon’s warbler. It’s getting cold and Sammy can feel it on his feet. He knows he must go to a place with warmer weather. He must fly to Panama. But Sammy has no idea where Panama is and which direction to fly. He doesn’t see his buddies around.
So Sammy decides to just fly and maybe find his way by asking someone on his way. Indeed he finds many “friends” who are also migrating to warmer places. But many of the new friends aren’t going to Panama! They are all on their way to different places. The Caribou is off to a winter forest. The Monarch Butterflies are flitting off to Mexico. The garter snake is going deep underground for the winter.
Sammy is beginning to get worried. Will he able to find his way? What kind of dangers lie in wait for the little bird flying alone thousands of miles? Can anyone show him the way to Panama?
Read this marvelous book about migration. The beautiful intricate paper collage, watercolor and pen and ink art work is exquisite and adds to the beauty of this story. The inside front and back cover of this book has sketches of different types of warblers. At the back there is a map of Sammy’s migration path with notes of where he meets his other migrating mates. The author also adds a detailed note on each of these migrating friends, who they were and why and where they were migrating to. Finally the author and illustrator duo finish off by explaining “How Animals Migrate”. I love how this book feels “complete”!
Overall this is a fantastic book to read for a vast range of ages. Booklist review says “ A truly educational journey“.. I couldn’t agree more!
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