"A treat for middle-graders of an ecological bent." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
At the top of our world is a huge wild place called the Arctic. In the winter, it is a cold and barren land, where few animals can survive. But when spring comes, it attracts animals from every corner of the earth. This lushly illustrated picture book celebrates the resilient wildlife and barren, beautiful landscapes of the Arctic Circle, tracing the awe-inspiring spring migration of millions of creatures to the Arctic and reminding the reader of the hardships and harmony of life in the wild.
Back matter includes additional information about the arctic, a glossary, and an index.
Dawson introduces readers to animals that migrate to the Arctic for the warmer summer months. Polar bears (year-round residents) are joined by whales from Mexico, herrings from Norway, and birds from as far away as Antarctica, among others. Luminous watercolor with pen and pencil illustrations capture the icy Arctic winters, the tundras fleeting midsummer verdancy, and the migrating groups gracefulness.