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Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
Contributor(s): Bishop, Nic (Photographer), Montgomery, Sy (Author)

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ISBN: 0618496416     ISBN-13: 9780618496419
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
OUR PRICE: $16.14  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2006
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Annotation: Readers meet the elusive Matschie's tree kangaroo, who makes its home in the ancient trees of Papua New Guinea's cloud forest. Full-color photos.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals - Mammals
Dewey: 599.22
LCCN: 2005034849
Lexile Measure: 830(Not Available)
Guided Reading: U (Grade 5)
Series: Scientists in the Field (Hardcover)
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 11.2" W x 9.1" (1.35 lbs) 79 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 109814
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 2.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
It looks like a bear, but isn't one. It climbs trees as easily as a monkey--
but isn't a monkey, either. It has a belly pocket like a kangaroo,
but what's a kangaroo doing up a tree? Meet the amazing
Matschie's tree kangaroo, who makes its home in the ancient trees
of Papua New Guinea's cloud forest. And meet the amazing scientists
who track these elusive animals.

Contributor Bio(s): Montgomery, Sy: - In addition to researching films, articles, and over twenty books, National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery has been honored with a Sibert Medal, two Science Book and Film Prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire, with her husband, Howard Mansfield, and their border collie, Thurber.
Website: symontgomery.com
Twitter: @SyTheAuthor.Bishop, Nic: - Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.Visit his website at: nicbishop.com

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring)
Montgomery and Bishop travel with scientist Lisa Dabek to the remote mountains of New Guinea in search of the rare Matschie's tree kangaroo. Montgomery describes the trip in detail, and her friendliness and curiosity set the tone: she enthusiastically engages with the people, plants, and animals she encounters on the trip. Bishop's photography is outstanding, and seamlessly integrated into the narrative. Websites. Glos., ind. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #1)
Montgomery and Bishop team up again (The Tarantula Scientist, rev. 7/04) on a Scientists in the Field nature adventure, this time traveling with scientist Lisa Dabek to the remote mountains of New Guinea in search of the rare Matschie's tree kangaroo. Accompanied by a team of scientists, local residents, and an artist, Dabek intends to locate and radio-collar as many tree kangaroos as possible in order to collect data on their movements over time. Montgomery describes the trip in detail, including arriving at the field site on a tiny missionary plane, visiting a local school to observe a conservation lesson, hiking deep into the cloud forest, and eventually examining and tagging several tree kangaroos. Montgomery's friendliness and curiosity set the tone: she enthusiastically engages with the people, plants, and animals she encounters on the trip. The realities of field work, with long periods of not much happening scientifically, give her time to include descriptions of camp life in a remote location, such as campfire cooking and bathing in streams. Bishop's photography is, as always, outstanding, and seamlessly integrated into the narrative. The brilliant colors and sharp focus capture a host of rainforest plants and animals up close, including the adorably fuzzy tree kangaroos. Equally absorbing are his photos of the local residents and the research team as they visit and camp together. Dabek's advice to young naturalists, websites for further information, a list of words and phrases in the local language, and an index are useful additions. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 December)

Gr 4-9 Montgomery and Bishop continue their outstanding collaboration to introduce readers to scientists at work. Here, they document their participation in an expedition to the rugged and remote cloud forest of Papua New Guinea in search of the elusive and fascinating Matschie’s tree kangaroo. Biologist Lisa Dabek heads a team of scientists from around the world who work with local guides to locate the creatures and fit them with radio collars to learn more about them. Bishop’s photographs capture the expedition in detail. Stunning close-ups of plants, insects, and birds vie for attention with panoramas of moss-draped trees in the eerie, ancient forest. Montgomery describes both the hardships and exhilaration of the enterprise. She also introduces readers to some of the local people dedicated to conservation efforts. Dabek’s pursuit of her interest in animals despite problems with asthma and her suggestions about exploring the natural world should encourage young scientists. The book’s fascinating glimpses into a little-explored region will hold the attention of anyone interested in unusual creatures and the efforts to study them. Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

[Page 166]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
 
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