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The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

Art from The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk
© 2016 by Jan Thornhill and used by permission of Groundwood Books.


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With winter not long in its arrival, it's easy to picture icy winds blowing from a frigid sea over a vast tundra of snow, and it's not terribly difficult to imagine the various residents of that chilly world: you've got your polar bears, your seals, your penguins, your auks. Wait, what's an auk, you ask? Well, this month's Big Picture, Jan Thornhill's The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, will enlighten you, providing an overview about what the heck an auk is and how its extinction came about.


That special season is upon us once more (even the tunes at the mall are telling us), so get out the wrapping paper and get ready for our 2016 Guide Book to Gift Books! This updated and revised edition will help you with all your shopping needs--because who gives anything besides books, right? Over three hundred titles, annotated and organized by age group, will help you select the perfect books for giving (or adding to your own list).


Curious about how The Bulletin works? The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books is the only major reviewing periodical for children's literature whose entire reviewing staff meets regularly, reads and discusses everyone else's reviews for the issue. Check out this video to learn more about our Bulletin reviewing team!



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