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The tragic tale of the great auk /

Jan Thornhill.

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Author, Illustrator: Thornhill, Jan
Published: Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, [2016]
Topics: Great auk - Juvenile literature. | Great auk - Ecology. | Extinct birds. | Great auk. | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds. | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Endangered. | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection. | JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems. | Great auk. | Extinct birds. | Grand pingouin - Ouvrages pour la jeunesse. | Grand pingouin - Écologie - Ouvrages pour la jeunesse. | Oiseaux disparus - Ouvrages pour la jeunesse. | Accelerated reader.
Genres: Juvenile works. | Juvenile works. | Juvenile works. | Literature. | Juvenile works.
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245 14|aThe tragic tale of the great auk /|cJan Thornhill.
264 1|aToronto ;|aBerkeley :|bGroundwood Books :|bHouse of Anansi Press,|c[2016]
264 4|c©2016
300 |a1 volume (unpaged) :|bcolor illustrations, color map ;|c29 cm
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504 |aIncludes bibliographical references.
505 0 |aFor hundreds of thousands of years Great Auks thrived in the icy seas of the North Atlantic, bobbing on the waves, diving for fish and struggling up onto rocky shores to mate and hatch their fluffy chicks. But by 1844, not a single one of these magnificent birds was alive. In this stunningly illustrated non-fiction picture book, award-winning author and illustrator Jan Thornhill tells the tragic story of these birds that "weighed as much as a sack of potatoes and stood as tall as a preteen's waist." Their demise came about in part because of their anatomy. They could swim swiftly underwater, but their small wings meant they couldn't fly and their feet were so far back on their bodies, they couldn't walk very well. Still the birds managed to escape their predators much of the time ... until humans became seafarers. Great Auks were pursued first by Vikings, then by Inuit, Beothuk and finally European hunters. Their numbers rapidly dwindled. They became collectors' items -- their skins were stuffed for museums, to be displayed along with their beautiful eggs. (There are some amazing stories about these stuffed auks -- one was stolen from a German museum during WWII by Russian soldiers; another was flown to Iceland and given a red-carpet welcome at the airport.).
520 |aFor hundreds of thousands of years Great Auks thrived in the icy seas of the North Atlantic, bobbing on the waves, diving for fish and struggling up onto rocky shores to mate and hatch their fluffy chicks. But by 1844, not a single one of these magnificent birds was alive. In this stunningly illustrated non-fiction picture book, award-winning author and illustrator Jan Thornhill tells the tragic story of these birds that "weighed as much as a sack of potatoes and stood as tall as a preteen's waist." Their demise came about in part because of their anatomy. They could swim swiftly underwater, but their small wings meant they couldn't fly and their feet were so far back on their bodies, they couldn't walk very well. Still the birds managed to escape their predators much of the time ... until humans became seafarers. Great Auks were pursued first by Vikings, then by Inuit, Beothuk and finally European hunters. Their numbers rapidly dwindled. They became collectors' items--their skins were stuffed for museums, to be displayed along with their beautiful eggs. (There are some amazing stories about these stuffed auks--one was stolen from a German museum during WWII by Russian soldiers; another was flown to Iceland and given a red-carpet welcome at the airport.).--|cSource other than the Library of Congress.
521 |aElementary Grade.
521 8 |a1130|bLexile.
526 0 |aAccelerated Reader|c6.5.
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586 |aNorma Fleck Award: Honor; 2017.
586 |aAmerican Library Association Notable Children's Book: Middle Readers; 2017.
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650 0|aExtinct birds.
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