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The Resource The tragic tale of the Great Auk, Jan Thornhill

The tragic tale of the Great Auk, Jan Thornhill

Label
The tragic tale of the Great Auk
Title
The tragic tale of the Great Auk
Statement of responsibility
Jan Thornhill
Title variation
Great Auk
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
For hundreds of thousands of years Great Auks thrived in the icy seas of the North Atlantic, bobbing on the waves, diving for fish and struggling up onto rocky shores to mate and hatch their fluffy chicks. But by 1844, not a single one of these magnificent birds was alive. Award-winning author and illustrator Jan Thornhill tells the tragic story of these birds that "weighed as much as a sack of potatoes and stood as tall as a preteen's waist." Their demise came about in part because of their anatomy. They could swim swiftly underwater, but their small wings meant they couldn't fly and their feet were so far back on their bodies, they couldn't walk very well. Still the birds managed to escape their predators much of the time...until humans became seafarers. Great Auks were pursued first by Vikings, then by Inuit, Beothuk and finally European hunters. Their numbers rapidly dwindled. They became collectors' items--their skins were stuffed for museums, to be displayed along with their beautiful eggs. Although undeniably tragic, the final demise of the Great Auk led to the birth of the conservation movement. Laws were eventually passed to prevent the killing of birds during the nesting season, and similar laws were later extended to other wildlife species
Cataloging source
NLC
Dewey number
j598.3/3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
NC 1130
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
  • QL696.C42
  • QL696.C42
LC item number
  • T56 2016
  • T56 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
6.5
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The tragic tale of the Great Auk, Jan Thornhill
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
sky283719583
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781554988655
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, color map
Label
The tragic tale of the Great Auk, Jan Thornhill
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
sky283719583
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781554988655
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, color map

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