Praise for Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind
School Library Connection
". . .Three of the special features of the book are primary source extensions that encourage students to use their smartphones or tablets to explore resources further, vocabulary labs that help the students learn new words related to the topic, and Inquire & Investigate labs that are hands-on activities students may do to really dig deeper. . . Recommended"
National Science Teachers Association RECOMMENDS
". . . I highly recommend this wellwritten book. It covers topics in all of the sciences, from anthropology, to environmental science to biology as well as history and geography. This would be an excellent resource book for the middle school teacher. "
". . .The time table at the beginning of text is helpful, as is the book’s most fun feature, QR codes that link videos to the text. This is a good overview of the topic for middle-grade social studies classrooms."
Dr. Miguel G. Vilar, Science Manager, The Genographic Project, National Geographic Society
". . . a thoroughly researched and well-written book. . . I highly recommend the book.”
James E. Lassiter, Ph.D., Director and Ethnographer, Migration Anthropology Consultants
“This book is a valuable introduction to the study of humankind and human migration. . . ”
Publishers Weekly , July 2017
“The story of human migration is an old tale, far older than the written world,” explains Cummings in this exploration of the global movements of people throughout history, part of the Inquire and Investigate series. Alongside playful comic strip entries from Casteel, Cummings looks at migratory patterns that include early Homo sapiens leaving Africa, scientific debate over how humans traveled from Asia to Australia, and the colonization of the New World. Throughout, Cummings notes how archaeological finds shed light on people’s patterns of movement and highlights the motivations behind migration, whether forced or voluntary. Sidebars, reader-directed questions, and activity ideas offer additional ways for readers to consider how recent instances of migration from countries like Syria compare to those from centuries past. A timely and useful resource. Ages 12–15.
Praise for other books by Judy Dodge Cummings:
The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
School Library Journal
"Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources. A useful resource."
Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois
“A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. Provides a full picture of the experience of American independence as our new country found its way.”
Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant
“This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers. Hearing both sides of the story encourages students to think for themselves and reflect upon the historical causes and effects of the American Revolution.”
Claire Rudolf Murphy, author
“The primary source material is exceptional, featuring the stories of not only colonial leaders, but also the often ignored people behind the scenesthe women, children, black slaves, and Native Americans who also played a part. Cummings’ clear explanations of events make this book a valuable addition to the study of the colonial period.”
Gr 7–10—An ambitious look at human migration from prehistory through the current Syrian refugee crisis. Throughout seven chapters, four of which cover prehistoric times, the author presents facts and theories about how the first humans made it to each continent and how and why they have migrated since. In addition to the main narrative, sidebars (some with embedded QR codes) are also included. Each chapter concludes with suggested hands-on activities, a vocabulary review, and thought-provoking questions. The supplemental links provided in the QR codes enhance the text; a YouTube clip of a man from the San people group speaking his language is engaging and relevant. All of the links are provided in the back matter. Regrettably, awkward transitions within and between chapters make it difficult to focus on the topics discussed. Though meant to bring levity to a weighty subject, the cartoon illustrations are juvenile in contrast to most of the text, and the lack of references for statistical data and personal interviews hinders students wanting to do further research. VERDICT Even with the captivating links provided by the author, the absence of source attribution and the uneven writing limit the book's appeal.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY