Amazing Animal Journeys is an award-winning illustrated book, to teach children of 25 amazing animal migrations across the planet. Did you know that Arctic terns fly from the Arctic to Antarctica and back each year (the longest migration of any creature)? Or that wildebeest migration in east Africa is so vast, it can be seen from outer space? Come along on these fascinating animal journey, and learn about the animal kingdom and world around you. Living Arts Canberra calls this ‘a beautiful book, with every page a work of art’.
We have quite a few migrating creatures in England including whooper swans, who fly in from Iceland each year (and Arctic terns, although 600 chicks were recently found dead in Northumberland, thought to be due to avian flu). Ospreys (fish-eating birds of prey) were almost extinct, and thanks to a huge effort on Rutland Water, their numbers are now thriving – they also migrate to Africa for winter.
Nobody knows how birds migrate, but it’s thought to do with magnetic fields. But we know that when geese migrate, the ‘lead’ goose has others take over, if he gets tired. If a goose drops from the sky, two others fly down and stay with it, until it dies or recovers. They then catch up or find another flock. Isn’t nature cool?
about the author
Jennifer Cossins is an award-winning artist and writer, with a passion for nature and the animal kingdom. She was born in raised in Tasmania, Australia.