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Is This Panama?

A Migration Story

by Jan Thornhill, illustrated by Soyeon Kim

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list price: $17.95
also available: Paperback eBook
published: Sep 2013
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.

When Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it's time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there's one problem — where's Panama?

All the other warblers having left without him, Sammy sets off on his journey by himself, stopping to ask the same question of each of the different animals that he meets along the way: "Is this Panama?"

From the caribou heading to his winter forest to the monarch butterflies flitting to Mexico, every animal has a different destination and different advice for Sammy on how to find his way. Finally, a flock of his warbler cousins shows Sammy that finding Panama is as easy as following the stars.

Animal migration patterns and seasonal changes are on display throughout this fascinating story, complemented by intricate paper collage, watercolor, and pen-and-ink illustrations.

About the Authors

Jan Thornhill

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Soyeon Kim

SOYEON KIM is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in work that merges real-world materials and fine sketching and painting techniques to produce three-dimensional pieces. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts program at York University in Toronto.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
5 to 8
3 to 17
  • Winner, Vicky Metcalf Award for author Jan Thornhill's body of work
  • Long-listed, Canadian Children's Literature Roundtable's Information Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council's Great Book List
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, STARRED SELECTION
  • Long-listed, Cybils Awards, Elementary/Middle-Grade Nonfiction category
  • Long-listed, OLA Best Bets Top 10 Picture Books List, Honourable Mention
Editorial Reviews

Together, the text and images help make sense of a few of nature's curiosities. A truly educational journey.

— Booklist Review

"Thornhill nicely captures the tension created by the collision of Sammy's excitement for the mysteries surrounding his first migration with the dangers and hardships associated with the sheer exhausting length of the journey. ...Kim's gorgeous illustrations combine watercolour paintings, ink and cut-paper collages, vibrant in colour and rich in detail."

— Canadian Children's Book News

"Thornhill's book is a well-told, beautifully illustrated, and informative one meant to spark children's curiosity and to broaden their engagement with the world around them."

— CM Magazine

"Full of information, including a map of migrations routes, the book gives plenty of information about how different animals migrate to find better nesting grounds or food in addition to a good story."

— Green Teacher

An unusual and attractive take on a perennially absorbing topic.

— Kirkus Reviews

The beautifully illustrated double page spreads will help readers begin to understand the mystery of migration for a variety of species.

— Sal's Fiction Addiction

Illustrator Soyeon Kim's artwork is picture perfect ... a dandy read-aloud and resource choice for units on animal migration.

— Books For Kids Blog

"A fun survey of winter migrations."

— Ithaca Child

"Delicate, three-dimensional illustrations combine natural materials, sketching, and painting... The pages are beautifully composed to capture the scale of the animals with Sammy providing perspective."

— Student Library Journal

"The 'fine art' illustrations are exquisite and will to be savored as much as the story."

— California Kids Magazine

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