Award Winning Children’s Author Jan Thornhill Launches “Is This Panama?” at Cat Sass Literary Nights

Award Winning Children’s Author Jan Thornhill Launches Her New Book

Is This Panama? A Migration Story

Cat Sass Coffeehouse
Saturday November 2, 2013, 3-5 pm
4255 Hwy 7, Norwood (705) 639-5494

Havelock author Jan Thornhill was born in Sudbury in 1955, but spent most of her childhood in southern Ontario where she developed a life-long passion for both art and the natural world. Jan’s books have garnered major national and international awards including the Roundtable Information Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Children’s Non-Fiction, the UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats Children’s Book Award, and the Conaculta Award for the Illustration. She has twice been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration. Her books are translated into Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Danish, Finnish, Thai, Arabic, and Greek.
When Sammy, a young Wilson’s warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it’s time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there’s one problem — where’s Panama? All the other warblers having left without him, Sammy sets off on his journey by himself, stopping to ask the same question of each of the different animals that he meets along the way: Is this Panama?

From the caribou heading to his winter forest to the monarch butterflies flitting to Mexico, every animal has a different destination and different advice for Sammy on how to find his way. Animal migration patterns and seasonal changes are on display throughout this fascinating story, complemented by Soyeon Kim’s intricate paper collage and watercolor illustrations.

Check out Is This Panama? on Goodreads.

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