The Turtle Dove's Journey: A Story of Migration


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Web of Life Children's Books
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10.1 X 8.5 X 0.4 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Madeleine Dunphy is an educational consultant who specializes in writing and teaching about nature. Madeleine currently has 10 other books in print, including CAT IN THE NIGHT, illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet; AT HOME WITH THE GOPHER TORTOISE: THE STORY OF A KEYSTONE SPECIES, illustrated by Michael Rothman; and HERE IS THE CORAL REEF, illustrated by Tom Leonard. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, daughter, dog, and two cats. To find out more about Madeleine and her books, visit her website at
MARLO GARNSWORTHY is an Australian-American author, illustrator, editor, and science communicator. Her published works include fiction and nonfiction. Her recent books include Bristlecone: The Secret Life of the World's Oldest Tree, which she illustrated, and Pika Country: Climate Change at the Top of the World, which she coauthored. Marlo is the veteran of two scientific research expeditions in Antarctica and is a passionate advocate for polar and ocean science. Marlo lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. To find out more about Marlo and her books, visit


"The story of the monthlong, 4,000-mile migration of a European turtle dove from his nesting site in an English garden to rural Mali. Dunphy's account is based on the migration of a real bird of this species that was tracked with satellite telemetry by Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. A series of warm, colorful illustrations is paired with a narrative describing each stage in the bird's journey. The conversational third-person narration folds in lots of information: about how the bird knows where he is going--instinct, the sun, and recognition of landmarks from previous flights; why he flies at night (to avoid predators); where he hides during the day; and the various dangers of the trip, including heat, dust, and weather. Interesting details are included, such as the astonishing fact that the dove travels over the English Channel faster than the ships crossing it. The moving, engaging story is told with just the right blend of poetic warmth and factual detail to satisfy curious budding naturalists: "Luckily, this [Sahara Desert sandstorm] is relatively mild, and the turtle dove flies above it--much like an airplane can fly above a rainstorm." A closing essay describes why this species is thought to migrate and notes that it is sadly on the decline due to changes in agricultural practices, hunting, drought, and disease. A compelling introduction to the miracle of migration. (map, resources) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"--Kirkus Reviews

"This turtle dove's journey was based on the migration of a real turtle dove that was tracked by satellite telemetry. Readers can follow the turtle dove as he begins to become restless in a garden in Suffolk, England and knows that it is time for him to migrate south. The turtle dove waits until night, when it is safer from predators, to travel the 4,000 miles from England to Mali. His month long journey takes him through England, France, Spain, and Africa until he finally arrives in Mali. Flying over land and water he stops each day to rest and eat for the next night's journey. This beautifully written story about the journey of one turtle dove gives young readers a glimpse into the natural world of migration. (Ages 4-8)"--KIDSbookshelf

"Starting in the prim hedges of Suffolk, England, instinct drives the dove high into the night skies for a 4,000 mile trip to the savannahs of Mali, in West Africa. Along the way there are lonely, moonlit flights above the sea, a cozy hideout in the bushes of Bordeaux, France, a meeting of the birds at Gibraltar, the fountains of Casablanca, winds flowing "like a river" down canyons of the Atlas Mountains, and a Sahara sandstorm churning below. A combination of hero's journey and guided tour, 'The Turtle Dove's Journey: A Story of Migration' is picture account of the turtle dove's annual migration that will carry children's imaginations into unexplored territories. With carefully researched prose by author Madeleine Dunphy and showcasing beautifully luminous paintings by artist/illustrator Marlo Garnsworthy, 'The Turtle Dove's Journey: A Story of Migration' is especially recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections as being perfect for any young reader ages 5-9 who has ever wondered about the mysterious journeys of the Turtle Dove."--Midwest Book Review