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Ride the Wind: Airborne Journeys of Animals and Plants Hardcover – February 1, 1997
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Grade 4-7. More ethereal than one of Simon's familiar photo-essays, this book, illustrated with muted watercolors, looks at animals and plants that "ride the wind." Simon concentrates on the travels of birds in these brief, factual nature stories, but also includes the migration of several insects, spiders, bats, and seeds. Their journeys through the atmosphere serve as a vehicle for a glimpse into the life cycle of these animals and plants, but the strength of this book is in the lovely paintings, which range from fairly detailed to suggestive, using shapes and colors to impart information. Several pages at the end of the book give insight into scientific investigation?how scientists have determined this information and how much they still don't understand. These pages of full text and smaller type are supported by a background of an evocative, blue-and-white sky. A good choice for reading aloud to older children, this is a classy collaboration and an exciting introduction to a new children's book illustrator.?Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. In a spacious picture book for older readers, Simon offers an unusual look at the migratory and mating habits of several birds, including the Arctic tern, the albatross, and the snow goose. He also takes a look at locusts and the North American monarch butterfly, and briefly discusses the air-traveling seeds of three common plants. Warnick's flowing watercolors, which range from lovely wildlife scenes to a map depicting the four major flyways in North America, complement the text nicely. The concluding section on migration, which has no illustrations, may be too difficult for children to manage without adult assistance, but it will be a helpful teaching aid. Lauren Peterson