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Children’s Book Committee – November 2018 Pick

October 30, 2018

Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight
Author: Rob Bierregaard and Illustrator: Kate Garchinsky


Scientists and children track a female osprey’s immigration from Massachusetts to South America and back. Dramatic watercolor pencil, ink, and aqua crayon illustrations. Back matter.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

“Belle is an osprey. You get to meet her as she goes through her first migration, has many encounters along the way, and finds a mate at the end. She starts at Martha’s Vineyard, makes a beeline through Columbia to Rio Madeira. On the way back she rests at Yanomani Village, and at Lake Maracaibo, then flies over the Gulf of Mexico to Cuba where she almost gets shot at a fish farm. She then returns to the Gulf to rest a bit, but flies off quickly to escape a peregrine falcon, going to Florida where she is almost eaten by an alligator. She returns north to the Chesapeake Bay and Martha’s Vineyard. There she meets her mate and they live together on Cape Cod.

I loved everything about this book. I love wild life, especially birds, and especially osprey!! (as it turns out).”

– Maizie, 9 Years Old, Chevy Chase, MD.

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