Lstirl's Reviews > The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea

The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Nov 30, 08

Travel with the scientists as they trek deep into the New Guinea wilderness to locate the elusive Matschie's tree kangaroo.

The photography featured in this book is nothing short of stunning. The full color photographs include both scenic pieces, which
capture the beauty of the remote and rugged surroundings, and also breathtaking close-ups of flaura and fauna. The pictures alone makes this bookworthy of purchase. But that is not all it has to offer. 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. The reader gets to really see the details of what it takes to do a job like this and the patience and planning such a venture entails. There is also a nod towards the conservation message and a successful attempt to educate readers in the importance of habitat restoration for these and other rare and beautiful creatures. The authors early maps and reference to characters like hobbits and Dr. Suess characters, young readers are brought into the story quickly.

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
scientists or anyone interested in animals.

Children's Literature

To read about scientists tracking tree kangaroos in the cloud forest is an exciting journey as written by Sy Montgomery and accompanied by Nic Bishop's photographs. The text is interesting and the pictures magnificent. The expedition's goal is to find, capture, study, and release tree kangaroos. After the kangaroos are outfitted, they are returned to the wilderness. Collars are implanted with transmitters, internal antenna, and computer chips. In this way, kangaroos send their positions to scientists on the ground and to satellites circling thousands of miles above the earth. Transmitters weigh less than a half pound and fall off after five months. Little is known about tree kangaroos so all information will be groundbreaking. Cloud forests are much less known than tree forests. Cloud forests are amazing, whether reading about them or traveling to Papua New Guinea. Orchids grow everywhere, from fallen logs to cracks in tree bark. Vines grow and cover other plants. Beautiful flowers of every description are plentiful. The group of professionals on this expedition came from all over the world. Supplies for the trip were extensive and included professional gear, as well as necessities for the scientists and native helpers. Various suggestions to children for following up this exciting journey include the opportunity to join an "International Bug Club" with a pen pal in Puqua, New Guinea.

This review lets you know what kids will be learning during the reading, which I did not include. I didn't read this until after I wrote mine and I realized that with some non fiction review, that might be a good thing to include.
School Library Journal

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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

This is a good review, but it fails to capture the magic of the book.

Kirkus Reviews

The writer and photographer of this exemplary description of science field work accompanied researcher Lisa Dabek on an expedition high in New Guinea's mountains to study tree kangaroos and promote the conservation of this elusive and endangered species. With early references to Dr. Seuss and hobbits, Montgomery connects the world of the young reader to this beautiful, distant place. She paces her narrative well, alternating focus on people and place, keeping the reader engaged and concerned about the expedition's success. As in other books in the series, she describes how local schoolchildren are involved. Her detailed account highlights scientific work habits, including extensive planning, necessary patience, careful observations and recording and the continual questions that arise. 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. From the maps in front to the concluding suggestions for young enthusiasts, information about the language, and index, this is another commendable title from an experienced team. (Nonfiction. 10-14)

An excellent review that captures the feeling of the book.
2 likes · Likeflag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.