The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

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Groundwood Books
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8.8 X 11.0 X 0.6 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Jan Thornhill is an author, illustrator and designer who brings her fascination with the natural world to her books for children. They include I Found a Dead Bird (National Parenting Publications Gold Award, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award); The Wildlife 123 (UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award for Excellence in Children's Book Illustration, Governor General's Award finalist); and The Wildlife ABC (Governor General's Award finalist). Jan recently won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People. She spends her spare time in the woods obsessively collecting and cataloging wild mushrooms and slime molds.
Selected for the White Ravens Catalogue
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
ALA Notable Children's Books
Booklist Editors' Choice
SLJ's Best of 2016
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the YearBR>"A sobering, beautifully presented extinction story." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This vivid, fascinating story emphasizes not only the importance of conservation but also how deeply intertwined the human and animal worlds can be. Eye-opening and tragic, to be sure, but surprisingly hopeful all the same." -- Booklist, starred review

"The images have an etched and naturalistic quality that adds beauty and an emotional connection to the story of a long-extinct animal. Prose and science come together to highlight the loss of a species and then connect this extinction with modern conservation efforts." School Library Journal, starred review

"Thornhill's approach to this historical event is so advanced it's simple: she tells the tale ... And what a tale it is." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Thornhill gracefully melds history and science, offering both detail and wit, as well as stirring illustrations that convey both the vast scale of oceans and the delicate patterns of an auk egg." -- New York TimesBR>
"Accompanied by exquisitely rendered drawings . . . the text will enthrall and sadden readers, perhaps reminding them that when a species is gone, it has disappeared forever." -- International Literacy Association