cover image Follow the Flyway: The Marvel of Bird Migration

Follow the Flyway: The Marvel of Bird Migration

Sarah Nelson, illus. by Maya Hanisch. Barefoot, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-646-86632-8

In this blow-by-blow accounting of seasonal migration, uplifting lines track a dozen avian species along a “blue and ancient flyway.” Nelson’s lyrical language conveys seasonal instincts (“The wind! The sky! The south is calling!”), including birds’ ability to move “like a map of the world is inside them.” Hanisch—whose scribbly pencil, paint, and digital illustrations stay true to field marks—depicts myriad species laying eggs, tending fledglings, and migrating till spring. Attentive readers may be wowed that a neighborhood goose or heron revisits “the same paths and places that their great-great-grandparents did,” as outlined in back matter, which also clarifies that the settings take inspiration from the Mississippi Flyway and offers more info about birds included. Ages 3–9. (Aug.)