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The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Sibert medalist and National Book Award finalistSy Montgomery takes readers on a staggering, emotional journey alongside the greatest land migration on the planet earth—that of the wildebeest across the Serengeti—to explorethe mystery and wonder of migration in a sweeping story sure to leave its mark. With full color photography.

Sibert medalist Sy Montgomery takes readers
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is a coin with two faces. On the one hand, it is a simple travelogue of a down to earth person who is lucky enough to go on a safari to Serengeti alongside Richard Estes. It's full of details that you can't find anywhere else (and that claim comes from me, who have read two of Richard Estes' books that are regarded as Bibles of their field—one about gnus and the other about African wildlife and safari).

On the other hand, aside from its unbelievably amateurish writing style, it is a
Martha Meyer
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, elegiac book in which award winning nature writer Sy Montgomery takes you on a dream safari with the world's foremost expert on wildebeest, the capstone species for the whole Serengeti. The details of how the wildebeest shape and share the plain are fascinating. Along the way, you see, and almost hear the wildebeest, but you also get to learn about many of the wildebeests' fellow migrators and also the predators that eagerly await their arrival. Ms. Montgomery also shares short ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To me, this book is a piece of art. The visual presentation and its content are vividly descriptive of Montgomery's adventure safari in East Africa. The book's target audience is 10+, but I, an 80+, enjoyed it greatly. Montgomery's quest for the wildebeest migration brought her in contact with many of Africa's animals, some quite close up. She observed amazing animal behavior, and her words brought her sense of awe and wonder to me. Because I have seen her at local bookstores, I have her actual ...more
I may be biased. Scratch that, I am biased. I have an unending appreciation for Montgomery's works both adult, young adult, and middle grade, plus I've been on safari so this brought me back to that experience in my twenties.

It's catches a wide swath of migrations though the book is focused on the African hoofed herds, specifically the wildebeest, yet there are entries for other large-scale migrations like the loggerhead turtles, Monarch butterflies, crabs in Australia. There was some
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Sy hits a home run. (Right, I know, sports metaphors aren't usually my thing, but it's mid-summer and I'm feeling playful.)

I purposely read this book slowly to make it last longer. Though it's billed as a book for Young Adults (YA), I would say it's also a picture book for grownups. The layout with the torn notebook pages for the chapters and the "tape" on the pictures give it a scrapbook feel which is perfect for a travel book.

The message on migrations is not preachy and covers not
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-nonfiction
Science writer Sy Montgomery writes about her safari in the Serengeti investigating the migration of the wildebeest. She is accompanied by experienced wildlife observers. The animal observations are terrific, although the photographs are a little rough. Montgomery intersperses her discussion of wildebeests with tales of how other animals migrate, which some might feel is a bit distracting. Also, her chatty narrative style might be off-putting for some. I enjoyed learning more about this precious ...more
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I learned so much about The Serengeti; however, I’m surprised by the subpar photos because they looked like something you would find in a book written in the 60s or 70s that had been left out in the sun. The photos were were either yellowed, blurry, and all of them were overexposed. It makes the book look old. Therefore I’m not sure I would be able to find readers for it because of the poor quality.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this first-hand African experience!

I really enjoyed this book especially because I returned myself from a recent safari to Kenya and Tanzania just 3 months ago. I was able to witness everything this author saw on her game drives, including the migration of the wildebeests. It was nice to have someone put into words what I experienced.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have marked this book non-fiction children, but it is more likely geared to teens or adults.

It looks great, and the content is quite deep.

I do not have enough knowledge or experience to conclude whether the text provides accurate information. Photos look great, but are not up to what one might call National Geographic standards
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A beautiful book full of color photographs taken during a safari in the Serengeti, chasing the colossal wildebeest herds in the company of Dr. Richard Estes, "guru of the gnus." He wrote quintessential guides to the Serengeti mammals. The writer has won many awards. This lovely book is appropriate for families and adults.
Smoot M.L.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author takes you on an adventure that is exciting and realistic of all the encounters one will confront when following the migration of the great herds of Africa. The wonder of migration in a sweeping story sure to leave its mark. With full color photography. Pack your bags and get yourself on a safari that might not exist in the near future.
Shauna Yusko
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Travel writing meets science.

Good connections to other migrating species. Sidebars were the most interesting to the average reader.

Not sure your average teen will pick this up for pleasure reading, but it’s definitely valuable to have on the shelf.

I was a little disappointed in the quality of the photographs though.
Kate Zdenek
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, non-fiction
I love all of Sy Montgomery's books and this is no exception. Even though this one is meant for kids, I found it engaging and educational. She travels to the Serengeti to follow the wildebeest migration.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent nature writing as always with the personal feel of Montgomery's adult books. I think this one skews older - more upper middle and high school than the appearance suggests. A heart felt plea for conservation as well.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
a great introduction for those about to go on Safari.
Jun 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-new
Sam Bloom
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars; I love Sy Montgomery’s books!
Kris Springer
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sy Montgomery is a cool person and writes great books about animals for children, teens and adults. This book taught me a lot about the Serengeti, Tanzania, and the role of the wildebeest (also known as the gnu) in the lives of all the animals in the Serengeti. The book is written as a travel journal from a safari Montgomery took with naturalist friends to follow the wildebeest migration. Fascinating and sometimes a little scary, the reader gets a close view of a real African safari, as well as ...more
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Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson, as the Boston Globe describes her, Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who has traveled to some of the worlds most remote wildernesses for her work. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, been hunted by a tiger in India, swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and been undressed ...more