Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Circle by Jeannie Baker -ADVISABLE

Baker, Jeannie Circle  Candlewick , 2016.  $17.99.  PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION

In her well known collage style this author/illustrator tells the story of the migration of the shorebird called the bar-tailed godwit. They have the longest migration of any animal known, and travel from Australia to Asia to Alaska and back each and every year. Additionally there is a little plot of a boy in wheelchair (then crutches) who wishes he could fly. There are little inclusions of many other migrating animals in many of the illustrations.

I love this author because of her artwork, its just unique and so amazing. It would be easy to share with a large group because of the extra large page size and many double page illustrations. But a student looking at this alone would enjoy finding many small details in the images as well, such as the other migration creatures. There is an important environmental message as well.  

EL(K-3) – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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