Author: Leavitt, Martine
Tuk, a bighorn sheep of the Canadian Rockies, leads his herd beyond the snares of man and the wiles of predators to the freedom of the Blue Mountain.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 174594
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/14)
School Library Journal (08/01/14)
The Hornbook (00/11/14)
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Booklist - 07/01/2014 Tuk is the biggest bighorn sheep born in his herd for years, and the matriarch of their herd predicts great things for him, particularly when he spots the storied Blue Mountain in the distance, a legendary peak where it’s rumored that no humans live. When resources in their usual territory dwindle, and buildings and roads encroach on their mountain valleys, Tuk convinces a small band of bighorns, each with a distinct personality and voice, to make the risky trek to the blue, snow-covered peak. In spare, lyrical language recalling classic folktales, Leavitt tells the story of Tuk’s journey, including run-ins with deadly predators and dangerous environments. Tuk faces each obstacle with bravery and cleverness, outsmarting haughty animals to safely bring each bighorn to the beautiful mountain, which is exactly as idyllic as the stories say. With a quiet tone and deliberate pace punctuated by moments of tense action, this will likely be a good fit for fans of animal stories, such as Jean Craighead George’s Ice Whale (2014). - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/01/2014 Gr 3–6—Tuk may not have a golden fleece, but in this middle grade novel about bighorn sheep, he is the golden child: one who will lead his herd to better grazing grounds. Larger and stronger than others born his year, Tuk can see a promised land—a blue mountain over the horizon, where man has not yet encroached. His vision is put to the test when the herd's winter feeding grounds are paved over and Tuk must lead a small band of bighorn sheep to this storied place. With his guidance, the sheep overcome the many obstacles in their path, including steep trails, bogs, men, wolverines, bears, pumas, clever otters, and wolves. While some of the animal characters lack depth, kids will nevertheless be caught up in the thrilling adventure. An author's note explains how Leavitt was inspired to write this story based on her father's studies of the breed and her own research. This uncomplicated story would pair well with a factual book on bighorn sheep and the alpine biome.—Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library, NY - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.