WAGTAIL FLIES AWAY by MATHANGI SUBRAMANIAN illustrated by SUVIDHA MISTRY
When the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, wagtail identifies its time to migrate to warmer places. Here a wagtail and her mama are getting ready with their flock to migrate as the winter is nearby. When the mama explains about flying across the oceans and across the land , wagtail doubts about her strongness to fly so far. Mama clears her doubt that they grow strong enough by eating healthy foods for months.
Wagtail was curious about the identification of routes, places to rest and foods on their way. Mama tells that they can identify the way from the sun shining, from the smells of the air, and thru the clues of familiar places.
The next day the flock of birds flew over forest , plains aand grassland. When the wagtail felt tired being on the front of the flock mama asked her to move inside of the flock and explained about the turns birds take during flying in the front and in the middle of the flock to save energy for flying thru a long distance .
After many days the flock came across the oceans. Wagtail was surprised at the licking sound of a whale who was also migrating to warm waters to find food and escape from cold.
Wagtail felt tired on crossing such a big ocean and felt that it’s bcos she is so small to migrate.She realized that she can easily travel after seeing a tiny moth leaping into the strong winds.
When they crossed mountains wagtail and the flock saw a group of elephants headed by a oldest female of the pack migrating too.
Wagtail and the flock flew over roads , farms and cities . She was tired again and searched for a place to rest herself. Wagtail felt so disappointed when her mama expressed that their favourite place of resting become cities, make become train stations for the people who migrate to cities in search of better jobs and education and now there was no place for a bird to rest.
Finally they landed on the banks of another river with a water full of delicious insects which giggled and giggled with a warm and gentle sun.
They all spreaded over and flew away to make themselves strong again before the next migration ..
An excellent book to learn about migration, reason behind migration, difficulties in migration, search of food etc.. Necessity t to plant trees, cleaning up surroundings, respecting birds and animals and land they depend on when they migrate..
Loved the hints in every page of the book about the animals and birds wagtail come across through the migration journey.