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Great Migrations

Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move

By National Geographic

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Format: Hardback, 48 pages
Other Information: 30 Full Colour Photographs
Published In: United States, 12 October 2010
The book will be organised to track with the sequence of the film, which is broken down into four episodes, as outlined below. The kid's book will pull from the highest-interest animals to look at two examples per section. Each migration example will have a lavish photo spread followed by a fact-packed info-graphics spread. Film Outline/"Episode 1: The Need for Speed" - Migrations are races against time. Seasons change, and freezing temperatures and scorching heat usher in a crisis. It features: Mississippi Flyway (Long Distance Travelers in huge numbers: Red-Winged blackbirds, Gulls, Diving ducks, White Pelicans, Tundra swans; Birds of Prey: Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons); Red Crabs (Millions of Red Crabs wage a timeless battle against Predatory Yellow Crazy Ants and voracious Triggerfish); and, Serengeti - Wildebeest/Crocs (Desperate river crossing by Wildebeest, terrifying crocs feast on the galloping herds; it also features: Zebra, Cheetah, Gazelle, Hyena, Lion, Crocs, Vultures). "Episode 2: The Need to Feed" - The annual search for greener pastures means life must go on the march. It features: Walrus/Polar Bears (Dramatic predation of Polar Bears on panicked Walrus: as many as 40,000 walrus attacked by 200 polar bears); Army ants - Jungle 'Hot Zone' (Nature's perfect killer: Millions of voracious ants work as one to overwhelm countless other species); and, Whale sharks (World's largest fish feast on the spawn of thousands of Cubera Snapper and other reef fish). "Episode 3: The Need to Lead" - Migrations need generals, admirals and pioneers. These leaders of the pack must keep teeming hordes in line and on track. It features: Zebra (Lions) (Mass migration across Botswana reveals unique Zebra herd dynamics and behavior while battling hungry lions and other voracious predators); Mali Elephants (The Longest, most tortuous elelphant migration on the planet. Living on the edge of the Sahara, the very margins of where elephants can survive, hundreds of elephants live and die on this brutal journey); and, Sperm Whales (Largest toothed mammal migrates to mate and feast on fish; interactions with Dolphins, Swarming Bait balls, other whales, birds, etc.). "Episode 4: The Need to Breed" - Renewing life forces every generation to risk it all. Migrations compel billions of creatures to wage tortuous journeys en route to spawning seas, beaches and breeding grounds. It features: White Kob (A species once thought to be lost survives in Southern Sudan); and, Falkland Islands Hot Zone (Aggressive, multi-ton Elephant Seals battle for the right to breed alongside Sea Lions and penguins. The King of migrations, the albatross, journeys thousands of miles to nest in the Falklands, and get eaten by the Cara Cara, a raptor).

About the Author

Elizabeth Carney is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in nonfiction children's books and science, math, and STEM-related magazines. Her author credits include Everything Big Cats; Everything Dolphins; Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move; and several titles in the National Geographic Face to Face and Readers series.

Reviews

"In the official companion to the fall TV special, zebras throng the East African plains, sharks slice through the waters off Baja California, and king penguins totter across islands of the Southern Ocean. The photos are rendered in instantly recognizable National Geographic style, vivid and clear." -EW.com (Entertainment Weekly) "Great Migrations tackles everything from ants to elephants, and even sea life--including Earth's largest fish, the whale shark. The movement and images of all of these creatures is no less than breathtaking, and writer K.M. Kostyal brings all of the images into perspective with excellent accompanying text." -BookPage "Brings nature to life with a visual and emotional wallop...a wondrous new jaw-dropper... movingly beautiful..." -The Washington Post ..".details, with amazing photos, the astonishing distances covered and dangers faced by creatures ranging from monarch butterflies to sperm whales." -San Antonio Express-News "Author K. M. Kostyal keys on the internal and external forces behind these journeys, which sometimes sends two species into a choreographed collision." -Access Atlanta

EAN: 9781426307003
ISBN: 1426307004
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Dimensions: 19.66 x 28.09 x 1.04 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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