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Gone Again Ptarmigan Hardcover – April 1, 2001


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K-Gr 3-London's minimal, poetic text allows children to assume the role of wildlife observers in the willow ptarmigan's world. Van Zyle's artwork adds details of the bird's habitat and climate in the far north through striking double-page acrylic paintings and inset acrylic-on-watercolor-paper field sketches. These paintings evidence a looser, more active style than those in some of the artist's previous works. However, some children may find the lynx that is hiding behind a snowbank a bit wolflike and the depiction of a grizzly bear below the high standard of Van Zyle's cavorting fox, prowling wolf, and the many ptarmigan depicted in their seasonally changing plumage. However, the overall mesh of text and illustration will make this handsomely designed work a worthy addition to libraries in which books on wildlife are popular and a must-have for fans of the duo's previous work. An endnote provides information suitable for reports or a follow-up for the curious. James Guenther's Turnagain Ptarmigan! (Sasquatch, 2000) covers much of the same territory for a slightly younger audience. Both books feature illustrations that create an authoritative picture of ptarmigan terrain.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK

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Ages 5-8. The ptarmigan, an Arctic bird with white feathers in winter and mottled white and brown feathers the rest of the year, survives in the wild by blending in with its surroundings. The poetic text of this picture book follows a mated pair of ptarmigan through the seasons as they avoid and confuse predators, protect their young, and migrate for the winter. The repeated phrase "Gone again ptarmigan" refers to their ability to hide or flee from danger. Wide, double-page spreads give plenty of room for the often dramatically composed illustrations. Van Zyle, who has run the Iditarod twice and served as its "official artist" since 1979, brings the northern landscapes to life. Teachers looking for books on animal camouflage will find this an effective read-aloud choice. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792275616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792275619
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,995,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fun book to help children learn about polar animals that change color with the seasons, a form of camouflage and adoptive coloration.
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