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PreSchool-Grade 2–Buoyant language and vivid artwork depict the excitement of the migration of Massive, hairy,/legendary woolly mammoths. The words flow smoothly, providing interesting bits of information about the animals within the rhymed framework: Come colder days, those mammoth herds/migrated south, just like the birds. Occasional humorous phrases (so mammoths packed their trunks and moved) add a lighthearted touch without detracting from the progression of the journey. Short refrains (Big and bulky,/huge and hulky,/wide and woolly mammoths!) break up the rhythm neatly and are especially lively when read aloud. Scratchboard-and-watercolor illustrations capture the creatures' majesty and the beautiful landscape of their trek. Thick black lines and stark whites are balanced by the luminous colors of sky, water, and snow. The composition of the spreads is varied to strong effect. A dramatic scene shows two grown males clashing, for example, while a page turn reveals a much less imposing pair of calves play fighting. Other visual highlights depict the prehistoric beasts swimming with snorkel-trunks up high, plodding past the bones of less-fortunate travelers, and finally emerging into green fields as They reached the south by winter's end.../then started heading north again! This successful mixture of rhyme, facts, and illustration, applied to a fascinating subject, will make this picture book a popular choice.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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K-Gr. 2. This handsome picture book features a poem about woolly mammoth migration and suitably large-scale illustrations on a series of wide, double-page spreads. The text describes a group of female mammoths and their young traveling south for the winter, reaching their destination only to turn around and begin their long trek back. Wheeler uses wordplay skillfully, her verse shows originality, and her introductory author's note indicates her familiarity with "the latest scientific research." However, her tendency to slip into a jocular tone makes the book an uneasy combination of fact, conjecture, and imagination. A line such as "Their menu had to be improved, / so mammoths packed their trunks and moved" may be clever, but it casts doubt on whether the book really belongs in the 500s. In any case, the beautifully composed scratchboard illustrations offer strong line work, subtle use of color, and a fine sense of what migrating mammoths may have looked like all those millennia ago. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015204700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152047009
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book is the perfect blend of author and illustrator, as the mammoths of 14,000 years ago begin their "treacherous trek south for the winter". During this journey, they will face every obstacle, from raging rivers to terrible storms and the random attacks of predators watching for their unprotected calves. These woolly mammoths are impressive, huge and hairy, long curved tusks protruding, a herd of giants on the move to find a better source of food as the cold send them marching to the south. So the trek begins, each page vivid and dramatic, the text rhymed as the mammoths face their trials: "Rivers ran across their path/ but mammoths didn't mind a bath./ They raised their snorkel-trunks up high/ and swam with noses to the sky." Mile after mile they encounter the elements, the ice, the rivers, the predators lying in wait, each new illustration bringing a new trail to overcome.

The back flyleaf reveals that the illustrator set the mood for his winter's task, setting the temperature in his studio on low and bundling himself in layers of "warm, woolly sweaters", recreating the theme of the mammoth's journey. His experiment was a resounding success, an eerie chill seeping from the pages, the lumbering animals covered in heavy layers of snow, as they stare unblinking at the frozen landscape yet ahead. Combining text and image, this is a fascinating view of the world centuries ago, stimulating young minds with the grandeur of nature, the prehistoric mammals and the vast wilderness they inhabited. Luan Gaines/ 2006.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cenexgirl on January 10, 2007
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A real charmer for kids who love animals or dinosaurs. Lisa Wheeler did a wonderful job of simplifying the story of migrating mammoths and managed to rhyme the whole book too! This book has 3 factors that make it a true winner of a kids book...1-it rhyimes, 2-it has a prehistoric setting, 3- the artwork is fantastic. I can't say enough about Cyrus's illustrations. They 'pop' right off the pages of this wonderful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Col on February 6, 2009
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After getting this book at the library, we feel in love with it and wanted to buy our own copy. The illustrations are beautiful and the text, simple and poetic. A great addition to our collection.
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Bought this for my 3 year old who has a small "prehistoric mammal" stuffed animal.
I thought he might enjoy a book where his favorite toy is a character in the story. He did.
A nice bonus is that we learned some facts about the lives of these guys.
We've really loved reading this book and it exceeded our expectations. The artwork is beautiful, too.
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This is a story told in rhyming verse which explains the migration of woolly mammoths as they traveled from from the steppes of the arctic tundra to the northern prairies and grasslands below the glacier lines. The pictures are primarily in black and white and are stunningly designed for instant eye appeal to children. This is my daughter's favorite.
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By Donna Christiansen on June 6, 2014
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Great children's book. Gave it too my boyfriends Grandson so he could see what Mammonths were like. Nice pictures for kids.
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Nice book but it won't be requested over and over. More of a cute, somewhat educational read. I'd get this at the library and find another to occupy my book shelf.
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My son and I both love this book! It's not too often that one children's book offers so much: an engaging topic, a science lesson, rhyming poetry to encourage phonemic awareness (critical for early literacy), high level vocabulary words, and gorgeous illustrations! My son and I both learned about mammoths from reading this and even though he is not yet 3, the book is engaging enough to keep him interested for the whole time. He also always asks questions about the facts presented in the poetry. This book would be equally interesting and fun to read for much older kids as well. Highly recommended!
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