by Kristin Kest
The Millbrook Press, 2000
Peregrine's Journey follows the fall migration of a tundra peregrine
from Alaska to Argentina. This falcon takes just two months to make her
amazing 8000 mile journey, and she'll do it again when she returns north
in the spring.
Dunphy treats both her reader and the peregrine with dignity and respect.
She has based her text on a real peregrine whose migration was tracked
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Using this particular female as
an example, Dunphy describes the details of migration as they apply to
the species in general: what peregrines hunt, their preference for staying
near water, how high or fast they can fly even that they may take the
time to play with other peregrines. There is also a map showing this peregrine's
flies across mountains, cities, desert, forests and jungle. Against these
backgrounds Kristin Kest's full page, full color illustrations show the
peregrine engaged in the daily activities of her migration. The pictures
are starkly realistic, but Kest also catches a subtle, appealing cockiness
in the peregrine's poise.
Peregrine's Journey might start a young reader or two on the path
to an enthusiasm for falcons and hawks. As a previously endangered species,
peregrines still need all the support they can get.
Dust jacket illustration by Kristin Kest; used courtesy of The Millbrook
by Wendy Morris. © 2001
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