TD Kids Book Club

Jan Thornhill brings the great auk back to the Atlantic for Halifax's TD Kids Book Club

Author and illustrator Jan Thornhill visited children in Halifax as part of a TD Kids Book Club to talk about The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk.
Jan Thornhill met with Grade 6 students in Halifax to talk about the Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. (CBC Books)

A group of Grade 6 students in Halifax met with Jan Thornhill to talk about the rise and demise of the Atlantic bird, the great auk. Thornhill documented the bird's extinction in The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, which won the 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. The illustrated book packs all the depth of a natural history text into a few illustrative paragraphs and vivid drawings, featuring the extinct creature.

On Oct. 23, 2017, students at Duc d'Anville School got to hear from Thornhill at one of six TD Kids Book Club visits happening across the country. Mainstreet's Bob Murphy hosted the regional event, where Thornhill shared her expertise and love of animals with young readers, and talked about her work as a writer. 

Mainstreet's Bob Murphy talks to Jan Thornhill about her picture book during a class visit in Halifax. 8:05

    Students also expanded their vocabulary along with their knowledge of Canada's natural history. The class participated in an exercise inspired by the picture book and compiled a list of definitions of scientific terms. Their answers aired as part of a Mainstreet episode in a segment titled "Auk Word Moments."  

    Students make sense of the scientific terms in Jan Thornhill's The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk 2:40

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