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050 4 QL696.C42|bT56 2016
082 04 j598.3/3|223
100 1 Thornhill, Jan,|eauthor,|eillustrator.
245 14 The tragic tale of the great auk /|cJan Thornhill.
264 1 Toronto ;|aBerkeley :|bGroundwood Books :|bHouse of Anansi
264 4 |c©2016
300 1 volume (unpaged) :|bcolor illustrations, color map ;|c29
336 still image|bsti|2rdacontent
504 Includes bibliographical references.
520 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. In this
stunningly illustrated non-fiction picture book, 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. (There are some amazing stories about these stuffed
auks--one was stolen from a German museum during WWII by
Russian soldiers; another was flown to Iceland and given a
red-carpet welcome at the airport.)
521 8 1130L|bLexile
526 0 Accelerated Reader|bMG|c6.5|d1|e1|z183707
530 Issued also in electronic format.
650 0 Great auk|vJuvenile literature.
776 1 Thornhill, Jan, author, illustrator.|tTragic tale of the