Going Home By Marianne Berkes

Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration (Sharing Nature with Children Books)
Marianne Berkes
Dawn Publications (2010)
ISBN 9781584691273
Reviewed by Grayce Richardson (almost age 6) for Reader Views (03/10)

Grayce: “I loved it! I like how the colors lead the animals and show us their migration routes. I learned that migration is important to animals. I learned the little birds (arctic terns) travel all around the world. The pictures were pretty and I like the whale drawings best. I didn’t know the whale traveled so far. The bird one convinced me it was so far and they traveled around the world. Will you buy me more animal books, Mom?”

Parent’s comments:

Grayce was engaged throughout the entire book and made many comments like, “I love manatees,” and “That’s a long way (when looking at the hummingbird’s migration).” This book is beautifully illustrated and the rhyming, sing-songy way the author tells the story of migration (each page starts “going home, going home”) makes it an easy read. As Grayce described, the last page depicts color-coded routes of all the animals in the book, which we traced with our hands and which led to further discussion. “Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration” by Marianne Berkes is simply outstanding!

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