Team’s quest hits the mark

January 9, 2010 at 12:03 am

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Nic Bishop; published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston; 2006.

This photo essay by the Montgomery-Bishop team does not disappoint.  Once again, the book opens with a map (what a great literacy tool).  Unbelievably poignant photos include roaring rivers, tree canopies, and candid portraits of people and animals.  The print information is once again well-written by Montgomery—she doesn’t speak down to her audience.  In addition, we get a sense of the adventure of the expedition along with plenty of facts.  One problem I had with the text was that it was too small and tended to “vibrate” on the pages making it difficult to read without taking breaks.

I would use this in displays about animals but also about adventurers.  I would certainly recommend it to teachers and include it on a pathfinder for them.


Entry filed under: NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-fiction, Non-fiction or Informational. Tags: , , , , .

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