Little Loon and Papa

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It's time for diving lessons, but Little Loon is too nervous. When Papa shows him how to tuck in his feathers and dip down into the water, Little Loon rushes away without trying. But then&150GRUFFLE, SNUFFLE, GROWL!&150things become even more startling when Papa's not close by. And as Little Loon hears the reassuring call of his father, he's finally ready to take his first dive.

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Overview

It's time for diving lessons, but Little Loon is too nervous. When Papa shows him how to tuck in his feathers and dip down into the water, Little Loon rushes away without trying. But then&150GRUFFLE, SNUFFLE, GROWL!&150things become even more startling when Papa's not close by. And as Little Loon hears the reassuring call of his father, he's finally ready to take his first dive.

This warm, genuine tale of fatherly guidance and support is just right for Father's Day&150or any day when a young reader is on the verge of learning a new skill.Dawdle Duckling, was dubbed "smile-provoking" by Booklist and "immensely satisfying" by Publishers Weekly.

Motivated by a challenging situation and his supportive father, Little Loon finally learns to dive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This second marshy collaboration for Buzzeo and Spengler (Dawdle Duckling) allows readers to observe Papa Loon as he gives Little Loon diving lessons. Guiding his progeny through each step, "Papa dips Little Loon's head down. And Papa tips Little Loon's tail up." When that fails, Papa teaches by example. "Little Loon watches Papa squeeze air out, tuck his feathers tight, and-zip!-disappear from sight." But as Papa ducks into the water's pristine depths, Little Loon wanders off on his own, suddenly confronted by the "Splash, drip, hrrooooo!" of a cloven-hoofed, antlered creature standing at the shore. Now seeking Papa, Little Loon also finds "a great, shaggy face and a wide brown snout with a trout hanging out" (a bear) and a creature with "a great, broad tail" whose "wide front teeth" cause a birch tree to fall in Little Loon's path. Hearing his father's cry, the gawky young waterfowl makes a determined first dive, plunging below the obstructing log to return to his proud father's waiting wings. Spengler's warm pastels capture the cheeky loon's every emotion: his initial reluctance to dive, his brief frights by the noisy (but non-threatening) creatures he encounters and his triumphant reunion with his father. Ages 2-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Papa is trying to teach Little Loon to dive. Little Loon is afraid and tries to avoid the lessons. Papa shows Little Loon exactly how to get ready before diving, but Little Loon can't get the knack of it so he tries to swim away from papa and the diving lesson. When Little Loon encounters some large, ferocious-appearing animals and tries to find Papa, he finally tries to dive like Papa was teaching him. He must go under water to save himself. When his head comes up, he sees Papa nearby in the water. Little Loon is happy when Papa tucks him under his wing where he is safe at last. Spengler has done a terrific job illustrating the story. Illustrations take up two pages with words fitting perfectly with the pictures. 2004, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 3 to 8.
—Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An appealing story about paternal guidance and support. Papa is giving Little Loon diving lessons but the youngster is having a hard time learning this new skill. While his father is beneath the water, he escapes. As he swims along the shore, he is startled by a moose, a brown bear, and a tree that has just been felled by a beaver. Frightened, he peeps for his father again and again, but still finds himself alone. Then he hears a loud noise and knows that there is only one way to get past the tree. He squeezes the air out, tucks in his feathers, wiggles his feet, waggles his wings-and dives beneath it. When he pops up again, Papa calls out to him, offers him a treat, and snuggles him under his wing. The staccato text is filled with alliteration and rhythmic sound effects, and the soft, jewel-toned illustrations evoke the splendor of the north woods. A wonderful choice for summer programming when swimming lessons are underway.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Like many a human youngster, Little Loon resists his father's efforts to teach him how to dive-until scary encounters with a moose eating weeds, a bear eating a fish, and a beaver gnawing down a tree send him swimming and diving away from the dangers just like his Papa taught. The simple story is handsomely illustrated with intense blues that belie the connotation associated with pastels. Bold images and face-on perspectives that bleed off the page smartly convey Little Loon's panic. Words in large type emphasize actions, motions, and sounds; e.g. SQUEEZE the air out, TUCK his feathers tight, WIGGLE his feet, and WAGGLE his wings, which, after a third reading, lap-sitters will enjoy repeating. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803729582
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/11/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 496,127
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    A delightful book

    Little Loon and Papa's rhythmic text begs to be read aloud -- and read along with. The soft, richly colored illustrations bring a Maine lake and its inhabitants right into the reader's home. Children will identify with Little Loon, and cheer!

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