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by Sandra Markle
Illustrated by Mia Posada
Published by Millbrook Press 2013
This book starts with the birth of a little, female godwit chick in Alaska. It then chronicles her development and finally her 8 day, often perilous, migration flight to the mudflats of New Zealand. Accompanied by Mia Posada's beautiful illustrations, The Long, Long Journey is full of facts about this little bird. The most amazing to me was that they fly for 8 days without stopping-unbelievable! My partner teacher read it to my 4th graders last week and used a world map to show the path from Alaska to New Zealand. The kids were awestruck and filled with questions. There is an author's note and further reading suggestions in the back of the book.
Use this book....
*as part of a unit of study on animals or animal adaptive behaviors.
*as a mentor text for nonfiction writing.
*to spark interest during a research unit.
This neat video shows the flight path of the godwits.
More info about these amazing birds here.