Have You Seen Mary?

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“. . . and the sky blackened with dark, gray bodies. In the blurry confusion, John lost Mary.” So begins Have You Seen Mary?, Jeff Kurrus’s fictional account of one sandhill crane’s faithful search during spring migration for his lost mate. Set on Nebraska’s Platte River, this tenderly woven story of love is also a stirring introduction to ...

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Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Michael Forsberg Photography 
 
 

“. . . and the sky blackened with dark, gray bodies. In the blurry confusion, John lost Mary.” So begins Have You Seen Mary?, Jeff Kurrus’s fictional account of one sandhill crane’s faithful search during spring migration for his lost mate. Set on Nebraska’s Platte River, this tenderly woven story of love is also a stirring introduction to these majestic birds, replete with Michael Forsberg’s radiant color photographs. This book will appeal to all ages,  for it both entertains and educates readers about sandhill cranes.

 

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A fanciful story of loss and return connects a series of remarkable photographs of sandhill cranes during their annual stopovers on the Platte River in Nebraska. Forsberg's stunning images show the cranes in action. Group shots give a sense of their incredible numbers and the power of their flight; close-ups include standard poses--fighting, dancing, preening--and even a remarkable picture of a mother enfolding her chick in her wings. There are beautiful Nebraskan sunsets and landscapes from both ends of the sandhill crane migration from Alaska to New Mexico. This is the first book for young readers by the Nebraska Book Award–winning conservation photographer. Thoughtful, attractive design and crisp, clear reproduction treat these first-rate images as they deserve. Not so for the narrative, which follows John Crane as he searches for his mate, Mary, after a coyote has startled the flock into confusion and separated the two. John's imagined thoughts, conversations with other cranes and even prayers contradict the realism of the pictures. Cranes often mate for life, and they share other characteristics with human beings. But this is not a fable, and there is no need for this pair to be given human characteristics and motivations. Unfortunate anthropomorphism in a beautiful setting. (Picture book. 4-7)
David Bristow

“No one has photographed sandhill cranes as thoroughly or as well as Michael Forsberg. Here, author Jeff Kurrus cleverly weaves a story around these images, luring readers young and old into one of nature’s great spectacles.”—David Bristow, author of Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era and editor of Nebraska History magazine
John T. Price

Have You Seen Mary? is an enchanting love song to Plains wildness, and its fragile, magnificent migrations of feather and heart. It will appeal to both children and adults, taking us all on an unforgettable journey of joy, knowledge, and hope. A beautiful book.”—John T. Price, author of Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships
Joel Sartore

“Jeff Kurrus’s words and Michael Forsberg’s photographs are teamed here to bring us a remarkable story from the natural world they both cherish. The result is an elegant, touching, and inspiring book to help reconnect our children to nature, and not a moment too late. May there be many more like this to come.”—Joel Sartore, author, conservationist, and contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine
Paul Johnsgard

Have You Seen Mary? is an appealing children’s story by Jeff Kurrus that blends sandhill crane natural history with Mike Forsberg’s spectacular photographs of cranes and their Great Plains wetlands habitats.”—Paul Johnsgard, Foundation Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and author of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975496411
  • Publisher: Michael Forsberg Photography
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Pages: 44
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Lexile: AD750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeff Kurrus is the editor of the award-winning wildlife publication NEBRASKAland magazine. He lives in Gretna, Nebraska, with his wife, Laura, and two-year-old daughter Madeline. Michael Forsberg is an internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer, the author of On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America, and the coauthor of Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Patty, and their two daughters, Elsa and Emme.
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