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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A simple, lyrical text follows the fortunes of an Emperor penguin from laying her first egg through her epic journey to open sea seeking food and culminating in her timely return with a belly full to regurgitate for her newly hatched chick. The whole is perfectly accompanied by Marks's luminous blue-toned watercolors, emphasizing the vast distances, the harsh weather, and the dangers lurking in the sea off the ice shelf of Antarctica. The book is similar in scope to Brenda Z. Guiberson's handsome The Emperor Lays an Egg (Holt, 2001), which focuses on the chick, and Martin Jenkins's simpler, attractive The Emperor's Egg (Candlewick, 1999), which highlights the male's long vigil. Team Markle's book with either (or both) of the above, and toss Judy Sierra's rollicking Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems (Harcourt, 1998) into the mix for a nifty unit on Emperor penguins.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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K-Gr. 3. With evocative watercolor-and-ink images, this beautiful picture-book tribute to female emperor penguins plunges children into the harsh icy landscape and frigid waters of Antarctica, home to the penguins. The understated, lyrical text follows a young mother penguin as she lays her first egg and then, leaving her mate to tend it, joins the other females as they travel for five days to reach the pack ice and food. Once there, she swims day after day, swallowing her fill of fish and watching for dangerous seals and hunters. In all, she travels 930 miles on a zigzag course until the beginning of August, when instinct tells her it's time to return to her mate and the egg's hatching. A familiar author of nonfiction science series books presents facts in a different way in this excellent nature narrative, which is respectful, unsentimental, and rich in detail. Marks' softly colored art is a perfect compliment. A page of back matter provides additional information, including a bibliography, a list of Web sites, and an author's note about her Antarctic explorations. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570916217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570916212
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,725,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wouldn't you love to travel? In the nonfiction story "A Mother's Journey," by Sandra Markle, we learned to always take care of our babies.

First, the mother penguin hatched her egg. It was time to go to get fish for the baby. It took her a month. Also if she was tired of walking she slid on her belly on the big hills. She swam fast from the seals that eat them. Will the mother make it back to her baby?

The author wrote this book because she wants people to learn about penguins. My favorite part was the aurora because it has so many colors I like.

Also, I liked this book because I like penguins and how they travel and eat. I recommend this book to others because people should learn about penguins and how they travel.

You should read "A Mother's Journey" soon.

By: Jocelyn
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Beautiful book for sharing. Outstanding illustrations by Alan Marks. it is a story of love, family and sacrifice. It can be related with our own parents.
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Reading a book together is a great way to share a special time with a grandchild. But when a grandchild enjoys the book enough to ask for it again, then you're sharing a memory--a book you can remember loving together. A Mother's Journey is one of those books. I've now also given it as gifts to my friends who are grandparents. DON'T MISS IT!
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It's so hard to find books on penguins. This is a sweet book im so glad i bought for my 6 year old.
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If you liked the movie "March of the Penguins" then you'll like this book as well. It tells of the journey a young mother Emperor penguin has to undertake in order to feed her young. The illustrator has done an excellent job of capturing th realism of the penguins.
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