Is This Panama?

Is This Panama?

A Migration Story

Book - 2013
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When Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it's time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there's one problem -- where's Panama?All the other warblers having left without him, Sammy sets off on his journey by himself, stopping to ask the same question of each of the different animals that he meets along the way: "Is this Panama?"From the caribou heading to his winter forest to the monarch butterflies flitting to Mexico, every animal has a different destination and different advice for Sammy on how to find his way. Finally, a flock of his warbler cousins shows Sammy that finding Panama is as easy as following the stars.Animal migration patterns and seasonal changes are on display throughout this fascinating story, complemented by intricate paper collage, watercolor, and pen-and-ink illustrations.
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781926973883
Branch Call Number: J 591.568 THO
Characteristics: [40] p. :,col. ill., col. map
Additional Contributors: Kim, Soyeon

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Dec 29, 2014

Can I just say that Sammy is a cutie? A gentle, loveable cutie?!

Going to add that the illustrations are so fitting for the gentle tone of this story, soothing and guiding us along Sammy's journey through its bold and soft colours, its texture and dimension.

Humans travel. So do animals. Sometimes not only do we need a reminder, we need to bereintroduced (or introduced!) to the vivacity and detail of their travels. (Or what we more commonly call "migration". They may very well travel for holidays and good for them for doing so! Hope we learn about their favourites when science figures out how to reach the frontier of their vacay preferences).

What we know of migration is vividly captured in this story about a Wilson warbler named Sammy. As tenderly young as he is, feeling the prickly frost of home (the Arctic Circle), he
know this means he needs to get up and get migrating to ... Panama!

But how does he get there all on his own? He can't see another warbler anywhere.

So starts his journey. Along the way he travels with a ptarmigan, with cranes, whales, darner dragonflies and more. He travels marshes, islands, forests, lakes, and cities. He even gets to make a stop over in the Bahamas!

While a wee little bird, he is big for his determination, strength, and more determination.

Join him for a journey over two weeks. You'll fall in love with him and wonder at the tales animals have of their migrations. If only they could speak human, imagine their stories!

forbesrachel Jan 09, 2014

An epic migration begins for Sammy, as one day he notices all his fellow birds are gone.

A layered paper effect gives depth to each scene, often highlighting distance with detailed foregrounds, and simpler backgrounds.

Along the way Sammy meets a variety of animals, all of whom do something different for winter, and each explains why they do it. Every bit of information is included within the narrative, and although the idea of animals speaking to one another is purely fictional, the facts are accurate. The most relevant facts are expanded upon in the back.

As this is a book for children the author appropriately creates kindhearted animals that help the lost little bird, for he is truly off course. By taking the wrong route though, we get a better sense of how great a distance these birds must fly.

Sammy may have taken a detour, but frankly he took the more scenic route.

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