North begins with winter in the Arctic and its year-round residents, the polar bear and arctic fox. When spring arrives, algae blooms, plants grow and the tundra turns green. Animals and birds begin their migration to the Arctic, beginning with the gray whale, terns, bar-tailed godwits, snow geese, white cranes, caribou, walrus, narwhal whales and more. The text describes each creature’s journey, including what they eat as they travel. By May, the ice sheets are cracking, opening new sea lanes for the migrating animals. In summer the Arctic is lush flowers and grass, feeding the many animals that are now living in the Arctc. When September arrives, the animals and birds begin to prepare for their journey south again.
It’s a wonderful way to introduce students to migration. I read it to my 3rd grade students who really enjoyed the book.