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Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Fall 2012 Non-Fiction
Ages: 10 - 15 yrs.
Author: Phillip Hoose
ISBN: 9780374304683
Hardcover Price: $21.99

A small, four-ounce migratory bird, a rufa red knot, may be the world's strongest athlete. He is called B95 for the letter and number printed on the small orange tag fastened around his upper left leg for identification and tracking purposes. For almost twenty years, this robin-sized shorebird, with wings that crook at the elbow, has flown great distances. In fact, his nickname Moonbird comes from the fact that the total distance he's traveled reaches almost to the moon and back. The orange color of Moonbird's tag signifies that he was tagged in Argentina. He makes a yearly migration from the bottom of South America to the Arctic with the others of his species, covering thousands of miles between stops at specific places along the route to rest and refuel.

The numbers of these rufa red knots have dropped precipitously by the thousands in recent years, probably due to human interference with their refueling spots. Today, these wonderful migratory birds are in danger of extinction. To the delight of ornithologists, volunteers, and birders the world over, Moonbird, first banded in 1995 and last spotted on November 25, 2011, flies on in spite of the decline of his species.

With a protagonist that weighs four ounces, the author has written a wonderfully compelling, exciting adventure tale that will have readers waiting with bated breath for the next sighting of Moonbird. The book is full of information, sidebars, and double-page profiles of Moonbird's friends, and it will appeal to professionals and laymen alike. Moonbird is informative, highly-readable, inspiring and quite wonderful indeed.

Kemie Nix   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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