A Warbler's Journey
by Scott Weidensaul
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Pub Date 10 May 2022 | Archive Date 05 Jul 2022
With poetic language and lush oil paintings, children will cheer on the tiny but mighty yellow warbler as she makes her perilous migration journey from the tropics of Central America to the Canadian tundra.
The warbler is helped along the way by three different children and families: a Nicaraguan family whose traditional shade coffee farm sustains migrant birds, an African-American family that creates a garden in their backyard on the gulf coast to provide food for her, and a family from The Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation in Canada who have preserved land for all animals.
A story of wonder and hope.
A Note From the Publisher
Illustrated by Nancy Lane
"In his first book for children, wildlife researcher and Pulitzer finalist Weidensaul describes the epic flight of a yellow warbler making its spring migration from Nicaragua to Canada’s Northwest Territories.
His evocative language puts the reader in the warbler’s shoes, so to speak, bringing to life the twitchy instinct she feels to embark on an epic journey. First she bulks up, eating caterpillars and berries, and then her flight begins.
Lane’s marvelously detailed paintings fill three quarters of every double-page spread, where one white strip is reserved for the text. The soft, light-dappled scenes are awash with color and convey the scale of the tiny bird’s trip through the much larger world.
Readers will delight in finding the small, yellow bird in every illustration, whether it’s amid the branches of a shaded coffee farm, above a moonlit ocean, or resting in a backyard garden.
There is also a lovely incorporation of racial diversity in the few instances where people appear: Nicaraguan farmers, a Black grandmother and grandson, and a Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation family. The appended spread titled “Easy Ways for Everyone to Help Warblers (and All Migrating Birds)” provides extra details about the yellow warbler’s migratory route, followed by bulleted tips on keeping migratory birds safe and healthy. An awesome account of an awe-inspiring feat."
— Booklist Starred Review
Book Launch Reading Co-sponsored by Audubon Minnesota on International Bird Migration Day, May 14, 2022 in Minneapolis.
Exhibit of the Oil Paintings from the Book in the Olewine Gallery at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in PA from May to August 2022.
Downloadable Classroom guide available on Gryphon website aligned to Common Core and SEL
Average rating from 25 members
In "A Warbler's Journey", Scott Weidensaul and Nancy Lane (illustrations) have collaborated to make a children's book that is an instant classic.
This book is so beautiful on so many different levels. Not only are the illustrations captivating, but it also introduces children to many important topics such as the interdependence of ecosystems and agriculture, the necessity of green spaces in residential areas, and the migratory nature of birds.
There are so many points in this book where readers can choose to stop and ask questions to help their child learn, such as "Do you know what *abuelito* means?"
I will absolutely be buying copies of this book for my little niece and her friends to enjoy!
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