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Jeannie Baker


Walker Books

Children's & Educational;
Wildlife (Children's&YA)


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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I think all birds are special, but shorebirds are close to miracles on wings! That such small creatures manage to fly the length of the world twice a year is something spectacular, and this wonderful new book by Jeannie Baker both celebrates that fact and draws attention to the possibility that shorebirds are in danger of disappearing because of human actions. The Bar-tailed Godwit follows invisible pathways and this book follows one individual amongst many as it makes its way from Australia to Alaska and back again. Baker's trademark detailed collage illustrations glow with colour and depth, and the messages of the interdependence of all creatures and their need for undamaged habitats are deftly conveyed. This will become a classic, and is suitable for all ages, as its themes are not to be limited to young or old. Lindy Jones


From the creator of the critically acclaimed Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Mirror, comes a poetic, eco-conscious picture book which explores the complex, interdependency of nature. This is the story of the little-known Bar-tailed Godwit who, following invisible pathways that have been used for thousands of years, undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any bird, a total of 11,000 kilometres, flying from Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds in the Arctic... and back again. Facing hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination, their flight is one of bravery, tenacity and strength, and Jeannie's stunning mixed media collages, inspired first-hand by the spectacular landscapes of Alaska and China, will amaze readers, and take them on an extraordinary visual journey to the corners of our Earth.

By:   Jeannie Baker
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 287mm,  Width: 270mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   588g
ISBN:   9781406338010
ISBN 10:   140633801X
Publication Date:   June 2016
Recommended Age:   From 5
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

This breathtaking picture book describes the winter migration of Godwits from Alaska to Australia and New Zealand. A deceptively simple text is enhanced by beautiful collage illustrations, and together they provide a clear message about the fragility of our planet. * The Bookseller * if you and your child have never heard of the godwit, prepare to be amazed by Jeannie Baker's Circle. * Newbury Weekly News * The text is sparse yet informative allowing space for the illustrations to tell the story. These are in Baker's recognisable collage style and convey the vastness of the journey. Double page spreads allow the reader to sense the scope of this epic flight; they fill the pages with a perspective that shows the earth's curvature. [...]The book opens with a small boy saying I wish I could fly - it certainly makes you feel you've experienced a little of what it would be like to be airborne. * Armadillo * Baker's style features a dazzling display of collage, whole scenes constructed from a wide selection of mixed media. The book, full of wonders about this extraordinary bird which in its lifetime may fly further than from the Earth to the Moon and back, would be a valuable addition to any Library of classroom book-shelf. * The School Librarian * Simply stunning. * Carousel *

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