All the branches of the animal kingdom – birds, fish, crustaceans, reptiles, mammals, insects, and even slime moulds undertake great journeys across water land or air. This is a glorious celebration of the mysteries and marvels of migration.
"The illustrations by Ed Brown are terrific as is his writing! Children interested in animals, and in particular knowing how and why they take such onerous journeys, will really enjoy this book". -- Armadillo Children's Magazine
Migration is one of the great mysteries of the natural world. With no compass or GPS devices, birds fly thousands of miles from Europe to their African feeding grounds, salmon cross oceans so that they may return to the rivers in which they were born and monarch butterflies spend their entire adult lives traveling from the grasslands of the Midwest to the forests of Mexico.
This book takes a close look at how and why different animals migrate. The science of migration is broken down into clearly understood texts, and then brought to life in case studies of individual species.
Simple text packed with fascinating facts and details are accompanied by eye-catching illustrations that illuminate the fragility and wonders of our extraordinary planet and the species that inhabit it.
Ed J Brown is British illustrator and writer living in Leipzig. His striking, humour-packed illustrations have featured in Reader’s Digest, Anorak Magazine, and Aquila Magazine. This is his first book.
"So many animals take journeys throughout their lifetimes for a variety of reasons. This book explores the navigations and migrations of animals by sea, land and air and explains how so many animals are capable of taking such long journeys, and why they choose to do so.
Divided into sections which each explore a different type of migration, those made on land, those in the air and those by sea, along with a final section which explores how animals navigate change the book is highly accessible. The pages are full of colourful illustrations and small paragraphs of text which explain a different aspect of the migration being explored.
Children interested in animals, and in particular knowing how and why they take such onerous journeys, will really enjoy this book.
With a page on how migration is being impacted in a changing world, it is vital that young people understand how, and why, they can make a positive difference in supporting animals around the world with the journeys that they need to take. Whether an area of land is a resting point for a bird, or home to a mammal, it is so important that humans start to make changes to the way that we live to prevent the harm that is happening to other species.
The illustrations by Ed Brown are terrific as is his writing! They are full of colour, include intricate details and show how flights can be possible with things like thermal currents". -- Armadillo Children's Magazine