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Author : Sy Montgomery
Category : Subjects,English as a Second Language,Books,Reference
Formats : Hardcover,Paperback,Kindle Edition,Library Binding
Languages : English
Pages : 80
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PublishDate : 2009-10-19
ReleaseDate : 2009-10-19

Book Summary & 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.

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Sy Montgomery,with a team, set out to photograph and continue their study of the elusive tree kangaroo. Although Sy discusses each member of the team, the book is filled with copious photos of the people,the cloud forest, and animals. The book is in picture book form and is classed as juvenile; however this reader feels all ages would enjoy seeing and reading about such an unusual animal. If youre looking for report information on the tree kangaroo, this title isnt enough. Sy Montgomery,with a team, set out to photograph and continue their study of the elusive tree kangaroo. Although Sy discusses each member of the team, the book is filled with copious photos of the people,the cloud forest, and animals. The book is in picture book form and is classed as juvenile; however this reader feels all ages would enjoy seeing and reading about such an unusual animal.

This book is an amazing way of expressing the expedition for the Tree Kangroo. We live in Papua New Guinea and it is hard to find books that the school children can read and relate to in English this one is great. Travel with the scientists as they trek deep into the New Guinea wilderness to locate the elusive Matschie’s tree kangaroo. There is also the excitement of being able to follow biologist Lisa Dabek and her team of scientists assembled from around the globe and to witness their challenges in the quest to find and apply radio collars to the fascinating Matchie’s tree kangaroo, which looks to be part bear, part monkey and part kangaroo/koala. Winner of the 2007 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award and also a 2007 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, this book delivers and is sure to delight budding

The expedition’s goal is to find, capture, study, and release tree kangaroos. Cloud forests are amazing, whether reading about them or traveling to Papua New Guinea. 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. 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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

One unfortunately flipped picture notwithstanding, Bishop’s photographs, shots of the expedition members, striking close-ups of flora and fauna including the sought-for kangaroo and lush, green cloud forest scenes, are beautifully reproduced. You’ll feel smart after reading it, since it’s a nonfiction book about scientists and a rare animal. And it is full of super adorable pictures of the cuddly-looking tree kangaroos. The book itself is beautifully made, with large, full color photos and suggestions to find more information about tree kangaroos. Quest for the Tree Kangaroo; An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea, by Sy Montgomery was an interesting book to read. This book is an informational text about a conservation team’s expedition to the cloud forests in New Guinea in search of tree kangaroos.

This book also describes the habitat of the cloud forests of New Guinea and all of the interesting animals and plants, which call this forest home. It was fascinating to learn about this habitat because almost all of its plants and animals are unique to cloud forests specifically and they are not usually found in other parts of the world. This book also has a variety of text features, which added to the book in a positive way. The book has lots of pictures with captions, which help the reader picture the animals and plants the text is describing. This book also uses headings in an effective way, as the different sections of the book are each labeled according to what it is about. The headings help readers know what the next section of the book they are reading will be about, which can also be helpful if readers need to go back and search for something in the book.

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo; An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea, by Sy Montgomery would be a great informational book to use in an elementary classroom. Thus, students would not only learn a lot about tree kangaroos and the cloud forests of New Guinea, but about informational texts and how to read them also. The story follows Lisa Dabek, a scientist researching tree kangaroos, through her journey to the cloud forest of New Guinea to learn more about tree kangaroos. This book is so interesting because it explains every aspect of her journey; it even includes details like what they packed for the expedition, the relationship between the researchers and the people in the local village, and the hardships of researching in the field.

The photographs in this book are so stunning, you feel like you could reach out and touch some of the animals and plants shown. This book tells the story of a group of scientists, artists, and more who traveled through the jungles of Papua New Gyinea in search of this rare animal. In this book, Lisa Dabek and a team of scientists and volunteers go to the Cloud Forest to find out more about the Matschie Tree Kangaroo. I thought this book was interesting because it allowed the audience to “join” Dabek and the others on a journey about an animal we are so unfamiliar with. Like the other Scientist in the Field book I read, the pictures were very amazing. I think it would be a good book to introduce to the students and allow them to research more about the animal, and giving them a chance to create a presentation for the class.

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea. This book would most likely appeal to mid- to late-elementary school students who are interested in animals and concerned about preserving wildlife, as well as to students who may be more interested in nonfiction. While this book is appropriate for readers who are comfortable in their skills due to the complexity of the text used, the large, colorful photographs of the researchers and wildlife may appeal to many students, particularly to those who are visual learners. The book incorporates some phrases from the language of the native people in the area in which the research on the tree kangaroo was taking place, along with a glossary in the back explaining the terms.

The book also contains suggestions for concerned children who are interested in conservation and wildlife, as well as a list of websites that they can visit to learn more about the tree kangaroo research project, encouraging them to apply what they have read about to their own lives and to become active in making a difference. In this book, a team of scientist look for the tree kangaroo. This book includes real photographs, notes and tips for students, and a conservation section!This fascinating entry in Houghton Mifflin’s Scientists in the Field non-fiction picture book series follows an expedition to Papua New Guinea led by scientist Lisa Dabek and her team as they conduct research into the elusive Matschie’s tree kangaroo.

An overview map of the world and detail map of Papua New Guinea, which immediately follow the title page, provide geographical context for the habitat of the tree kangaroo as well as the specific expedition described in the book. The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo, is apart of the Scientists in the Field Series, in which Sy Montgomery travels to the forest of New Guinea, with scientist Lisa Dabeck, and the photographer Nic Bishop to document the Tree Kangaroo. Montgomery’s informational science book brings readers into the world of the Tree Kangaroo, as well as the scientists that study these graceful creatures. This is a nonfiction story that follows a scientist named Lisa Dabek and her journey to study tree kangaroos in forest of New Guinea. The beautiful tree kangaroo looks like a bear, climbs like a monkey, and has a pouch like a kangaroo.

This book is packed with information on the tree kangaroo but in addition includes information and breathtaking photos of the other animals, people, geography, insects, and vegetation of this land. I loved The Soul of the Octopus, so when I saw this book by Sy Montgomery, I knew I had to read it. Cool little book about the little known cloud forests of Papua New Guinea and the native Tree Kangaroo. Title: The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New GuineaScientists track the tree kangaroo through the jungle of New Guinea. The writer and photographer of this exemplary description of science fieldwork accompanied researcher Lisa Dabek on an expedition high in New Guineas mountains to study tree kangaroos and promote the conservation of this elusive and endangered species.

In the engaging Quest for the Tree Kangaroo (Houghton Mifflin, $18; ages 10-14), Sy Montgomery recounts a two-week expedition to investigate the famously elusive and increasingly rare Matschies tree kangaroo. Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop tagged along with scientist Lisa Dabek as she journeyed to where these cuddly-looking creatures make their homes, an area of Papua New Guineas cloud forest so isolated that it can be reached only by an arduous three-day trek. Bishops sharply focused photographs have a you are there quality, while Montgomery vividly captures the scientists excitement when they snare several tree kangaroos each the size of a small dog or overweight cat to fit them with radio collars for tracking from afar.

There is a lot of information in the text that could become overwhelming to young readers, but the photographs really do a great job of showing what life is like for the tree kangaroo and the other animals living in the New Guinea Cloud Forest. Students could read this book and see about this interesting mammal and then we could learn about other odd and interesting animals. We read this book as a family for my third grader’s school book club. Chock full of information about tree kangaroos, life on a scientific expedition, geography, and cultural learning. The story was incredible, as it tells how this team of people traveled to Papua New Guinea and went into the forest, and saw one incredible sights. This book is so incredible is because all of the pictures throughout the book are all from the teams photographer followed them through their journey!

The first page of this book begins with a map of the world where it is made very apparent where Papua New Guinea is located, and then on the page next to it, it shows a larger, more detailed view of Papua New Guinea on a map. I think showing a map is a very important aspect to have in a book of this nature because it is really important for the reader to understand where this story is taking place. This book does a spectacular job of making the reader feel as if they are right there in Papua New Guinea, experiencing all of the amazing wildlife first hand. Following this, is when scientist Lisa Dabek, author Sy Montgomery, photographer Nic Boshop, and the rest of the crew look up into the tree tops and see what they have been looking for, the tree kangaroo!The book continues on to describe this incredible animal, in saying that it looks like a big stuffed animal (Montgomery, 2006).

Quest for the tree kangaroo; An expedition to the cloud forest of New Guinea. Scientist Lisa Dabek and her team of international explorers are accompanied by author Sy Montgomery and his photographer Nic Bishop on their journey to the cloud forest in New Guinea. Lisa found out about a place where the tree kangaroos hadnt been hunted in many yearsThey had little fear of people. Taking advantage of this opportunity, the team of scientists are able to study the habits of the incredible tree kangaroo and other species up close and personal. Sy Montgomery beautifully crafts a saga introducing the reader to Lisa Dabeks team of scientists and the local inhabitants of the New Guinea region.

Quest for the tree kangaroo: an expedition to the cloud forest of New Guinea, is a well written informational book. The authors descriptive writing brings the cloud forest to life and makes the reader feel as if they are on the expedition with the scientists. Also the reader can visualize the remarkable beauty of New Guinea’s cloud forest through the author’s expressive writing. With each turn of the page the reader is introduced to another unique animal or plant that is found the cloud forest. A scientist, named Lisa Dabek, is so passionate about the tree kangaroo that she made me become interested in them. After reading this book, I do not doubt that that many remarkable and rare animals inhabit the cloud forest. This book proves that there is always something new to learn;I never knew about the special tree roos existence until I read this book.

Lisa found out about a place where the tree kangaroos hadnt been hunted in many yearsThey had little fear of people. Taking advantage of this opportunity, the team of scientists are able to study the habits of the incredible tree kangaroo and other species up close and personal. Sy Montgomery beautifully crafts a saga introducing the reader to Lisa Dabeks team of scientists and the local inhabitants of the New Guinea region. Montgomerys skill in capturing moments, thoughts, and memories blur the line between the non-fiction genres and provide a wonderful read for anyone interested in the rich environment of the New Guinea cloud forest.

She and her team are on a journey to answer questions about the tree kangaroo such as what do they eat?The team also tried to set up reservations to protect the Matschies tree kangaroo. This book is surely a book that will hold kids attention because of the content of the book which talks a lot about tree kangaroos, and the photographs in the books are phenomenal. The book grabs hold of readers attention from the first sentences: It feels like weve walked into a living fairy tale. I would give this book a thumbs up automatically because of all the photographs that Nic Bishop took of the animals and their quest such as the beautiful photograph of a Victoria crowned pigeon on page 22. It is great that the book has a section of wildlife conservations at the end of the book so that readers know more about the work that people put into the conservation of wildlife.

The start is pretty boring where they introduce all the different scientists and where they come from, but towards the end it gets pretty interesting when they actually start capturing the tree kangaroos and begin tracking them. What I found awesome was how the native people of Papua New Guinea actually realized that their hunting of the tree kangaroo was actually making them extinct and started helping the scientists to create conservation areas for the animal. As a reader, this was just an interesting information piece that provides some insight as to what scientists do when they go out on expeditions to record and observe animal behavior. Otherwise, it is just a rather boring read about scientists tracking tree kangaroos.

Taking in to account for how long they would be in the jungle of New Guinea and what they could encounter along the way is detailed with pictures and first hand accounts of trees, plants and animals they could encounter and some they did. I would definitely break up the book in to a multiple day adventure due to the longevity of the text but a way to enchant the book as if we’re going on the adventure with the cast of everyone involved and learn about hazards in the world and obstacles they might encounter than we never will here in Richland county. Towards the back of the book there is a section in which the expedition lead, Lisa, gives advice to kids on conservation as well as pursuing careers within the field. There are also links to where you can find Tree Kangaroos near you, as well as where to look up more information about them if you are interested.

The story follows Lisa Debak and her team of scientists as they travel to Papua New Guinea to study tree kangaroos. When I glanced through the book the first time, I loved the quality and large size of the photographs, and I instantly wanted to learn more about the tree kangaroos. Matschies tree kangaroos are rare and endearing marsupials that can only be found in the cloud forest of New Guinea, an area with unmatched beauty and many dangers. Lisa Debak became interested in the tree kangaroos many years ago, so much so that she began traveling to New Guinea to do field work. The story follows her on one of her expeditions, a particularly important mission during which she and her team hope to gently capture and begin tracking tree kangaroos.

Although the team faces many obstacles, from the thin air and slippery ground in the cloud forest to the elusiveness of the Matschies tree kangaroos, the team ultimately succeeds in placing tracking collars on several tree kangaroos. I would use this book in the classroom to help students to understand components of research, and also as a way to introduce the concept of conservation. Quest for the Tree Kangaroo is another great installment in the finely crafted Scientists in the Field Series. The book begins by providing background information to readers, describing the lives and educations of the scientists who will embark on an expedition to study the rare tree kangaroos of New Guinea. The book further examines the native people of New Guinea who will serve as guides along the way and the history of conservation on the tropical island.

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