A truly unique perspective - quite literally - on the state of planet earth, observed through the eyes of the artic tern.
This is a fascinating kids' book about the migration of the arctic tern and its efforts to uplift the world.
Recommended ages: for 2 - 10yrs old
Author: Tom Gregory
Illustrator: Tom Gregory
What is this picture book about?
When the Terns’ Arctic home starts melting away, they set out on an incredible adventure to learn how to save it. On their journey they’ll soar through the skies, overseas and under stars, crossing deserts and forests and meeting endangered animals along the way. But on a planet in peril, is anywhere safe for them to call home? Inspired by the Arctic Tern’s amazing real-life migration, this book is a great way to learn about the problems facing the planet and what we can do to help.
An excerpt from the story:
"In the cold Arctic snow lived the Terns, swift and brave, they danced on the breeze over icebergs and waves. But they knew very soon they’d all have to flee, before their home melted into the sea. So they rose from their nests at the morning’s first light, ready to start their incredible flight.
They sped south under blue skies and bright shining stars, under Sun, under Moon, under Saturn and Mars. Chicks chirped with glee as they twisted and twirled, excited to explore the big wide world.
Soon the Terns soared over seas shining blue, but the state of the ocean could hardly be true. They saw whales trapped in plastic and fish caught in nets, from the large to the small they were all under threat...
... So the Terns hatched a plan to let everyone know, of the burning jungles and melting snow. Then they spread the word wide, over seas, over land, over hills, over valleys, over forests and sand.
From the heat of the desert, to the oceans that glisten, the Terns told their plan to whoever would listen. Then when the moment was right, they all cried out as one, “We need to change before more damage is done!”
Their call was so loud, trees shook with the words, it echoed round the Earth and the whole World heard.
At first the change was small but it grew day by day, as more and more people started changing their ways. They cleaned up the oceans, planted new trees, and powered their homes with the tides and the breeze..."