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A MOTHER’S JOURNEY by Sandra Markle


by Sandra Markle & illustrated by Alan Marks

Pub Date: July 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-57091-621-7
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Accounts of how male Emperor penguins stand still for weeks to incubate their eggs while the females go off after food are easy to find on library shelves, but it’s the male who usually gets most of the attention. Here, Markle follows a female from the nursery, over 50 miles of rugged Antarctic ice to open water and then deep into the sea, braving leopard seals and other dangers in a sustained effort to stockpile nourishment for the hungry chick that will, if all has gone well, be waiting on her return. Marks illustrates the journey with big moonlit, watercolor-on-wet-paper scenes that really bring out both the beauty and the harshness of the Antarctic winter; Markle describes the trek in simple, non-anthropomorphic language, then closes with additional facts, and leads to more. Sentimental title aside, this is sure to keep young nature lovers rapt, and carries added value for its unusual focus. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)