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"It's hard to imagine a more powerful treatment of migration: Baker conveys the strength of the birds and the fragility of their habitat with equal care." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Each year, bar-tailed godwits undertake the longest unbroken migration of any bird, flying from their breeding grounds in the Arctic to Australia and New Zealand and back again. They follow invisible pathways -- pathways that have been followed for thousands of years -- while braving hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination. In Circle, Jeannie Baker follows the godwits' incredible flight, taking readers over awe-inspiring scenes as the birds spread their wings above such beautiful landmarks as the Great Barrier Reef and China's breathtaking cityscapes for an unforgettable journey.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 264 x 281 x 4mm | 319g
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • English
  • 1536210579
  • 9781536210576
  • 1,027,170

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A lovely and lyrical ode to the migration of the godwits...Inviting and informative with multiple story levels, this title belongs in every collection.
--School Library Journal (starred review) In her examination of the life of this globe-circling bird, which belongs to the sandpiper family, the artist's minutely constructed collage spreads look tranquil when viewed from afar but teem with life close up...It's hard to imagine a more powerful treatment of migration: Baker conveys the strength of the birds and the fragility of their habitat with equal care.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) A visually striking account of godwit migration--pair it with Sandra Markle's similar but more concrete The Long, Long Journey (2013), illustrated by Mia Posada.
--Kirkus Reviews Beautifully wrought in text and art, this picture book offers both an introduction to the migration of godwits as well as story of return and renewal...Baker's stunning artwork, full to bursting with fascinating, realistically rendered detail, utterly steals the show. An appended author's note and map discusses the godwits' unique 7000-mile migration path, and advocates for conservation. Informative and eloquent, this will resonate on many levels.
--Booklist Known for her detailed, lifelike collage (Home, rev. 3/04; Mirror, rev. 1/11), Baker continues to mesmerize viewers. Meticulous illustrations portray the birds in the air and on the ground, up close and at a distance. Her well-paced, informative text follows one godwit's migration--flying, resting, eating, and breeding.
--Horn Book Mixed-media collage, notably delicate and detailed, incorporate natural materials among finely textured cut paper and paint, and their photographic reproduction conveys a sense of depth...the drama of the bird's arduous migration is fully engaging in its own right.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books With simple, lyrical text and gloriously detailed, gorgeous collages, an Australian-author illustrator tells the amazing true story of the migration of the bartailed godwits, shorebirds that make the longest unbroken journey of any animal in the world, traveling more than 7,000 miles from Alaska to Australia and New Zealand.
--Buffalo News Baker describes the godwits' behavior and the habitats along their route north, habitats that are shrinking because of development and urbanization...a reminder that everything on the planet is connected and interdependent.
--Literacy Daily Beautifully written and lushly illustrated, "Circle" is an astonishing story, a delight for the mind and the eye.
--Reading Eagle (from Kendal Rautzhan)
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About Jeannie Baker

Jeannie Baker is the author-illustrator of a number of children's picture books, including the critically celebrated Mirror and the award-winning Where the Forest Meets the Sea. Born in England, she now lives in Australia.
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312 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 23% (72)
4 39% (121)
3 32% (99)
2 6% (18)
1 1% (2)
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