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

By Hoose, Phillip

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ISBN
978-0-37430-468-3
Publisher
Farrar


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on October 1, 2012  |  Nonfiction

Gr 6 Up–Moonbird is a nickname scientists have given to a small Eastern shorebird known for both his unusually long life and his enormously long annual migration. Hoose intertwines the story of this bird’s remarkable survival with detailed accounts of the rufa red knot’s physical changes through its yearlong cycle of migrating from the bottom of the world (usually Tierra del Fuego) to its Arctic breeding grounds and back again at summer’s end–a round trip of some 18,000 miles. Moonbird, known usually by the identifying label “B95” on his orange le...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2012

He's called "Moonbird" because, over a lifespan of twenty years, he's flown some 325,000 miles, the distance to the moon and almost halfway back. This robin-sized red knot (subspecies rufa), a shorebird, is in southern Argentina from October to February and in the Arctic, breeding, for a few summer weeks; between times, his great migrating flock is like a "constantly shifting organism -- now a ball, now a rippling blanket" as the birds fly nearly from pole to pole twice a year. Stops are few but strategic; after thousands of miles it's essential to bulk up with what's available at the same...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2012

Flying nearly from pole to pole twice a year, one robin-sized <i>rufa</i> red knot known as "Moonbird" has flown some 325,000 miles over a twenty-year...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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