Song for the Whooping Crane

Song for the Whooping Crane

by Eileen Spinelli, Elsa Warnick
     
 

In the far North
When October spills
Across the ice
And the wind sweeps high
The wild whooping cranes fly.

In this poetic celebration of one of North America�s most rare and beautiful birds, Eileen Spinelli lovingly introduces young readers to the seasonal rhythms and unique grace of these endangered creatures. Artist Elsa Warnick�s

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Overview

In the far North
When October spills
Across the ice
And the wind sweeps high
The wild whooping cranes fly.

In this poetic celebration of one of North America�s most rare and beautiful birds, Eileen Spinelli lovingly introduces young readers to the seasonal rhythms and unique grace of these endangered creatures. Artist Elsa Warnick�s delicate watercolors exquisitely capture the varied habitats and behaviors of the whooping cranes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"A visual and linguistic delight, this celebration of the endangered whooping crane delivers a subtle environmental message. Beginning "in the far North/ when October spills/ across the ice/ and the wind sweeps high," Spinelli traces the flight of the cranes to their southern habitat and back again, detailing the kinds of foods, sounds and activities in which the birds engage. Spinelli infuses the narrative's reverential tone with an infectious sense of wonder: "Come see!/ Step out from dappled doorways,/ leave your dreams." Warnick's deft watercolors balance close-up views of the ice-white cranes with silhouetted figures and striking landscapes. From an aerial view of a town in sleeting rain to the gray shadowed crane asleep in shallow pools, Warnick's serene images are breathtaking. By book's end, as the cranes go "in blossom-scented April... once more to the northern nesting grounds," the read will join the author in hoping, "may it always be so.""
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A visual and linguistic delight, this celebration of the endangered whooping crane delivers a subtle environmental message. Beginning "in the far North/ when October spills/ across the ice/ and the wind sweeps high," Spinelli (Night Shift Daddy) traces the flight of the cranes to their southern habitat and back again, detailing the kinds of foods, sounds and activities in which the birds engage. Spinelli infuses the narrative's reverential tone with an infectious sense of wonder: "Come see!/ Step out from dappled doorways,/ leave your dreams." Warnick's (They Walk the Earth) deft watercolors balance close-up views of the ice-white cranes with silhouetted figures (such as the cranes' awkward mating dance, "They bow,/ they leap,/ they flap their wings") and striking landscapes. From an aerial view of a town in sleeting rain to the gray shadowed crane asleep in shallow pools, Warnick's serene images are breathtaking. By book's end, as the cranes go "in blossom-scented April once more to northern nesting grounds," the reader will join the author in hoping, "may it always be so." All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Spare verses with thoughtfully evocative imagery celebrate the flight of these rare birds to their refuge in the south, where they feed, play and even dance. Then, "when blossom-scented April nears the whooping cranes take off like feathered spears." They return to their northern nesting grounds, where we hope they will breed and survive. Warnick's mostly double page watercolors have a subtle sensitivity associated with Chinese or Japanese paintings. Most show one or more cranes in a variety of activities, always emphasizing the natural grace of these elegant birds. Skies, landscapes, even a fish-filled pool are also presented in the most subtle of tints, enhancing the peacefulness of the cranes' world. 2000, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers,
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-Spinelli's short rhymed ode to the endangered species describes the crane's winter migration south and its unusual dance. ("They bow,/they leap,/they flap their wings,/they prance/in pairs,/or one by one,/or as a flock entire-/bobbing-bobbing-/ graceful/heads up higher,/higher.") Warnick's soft watercolors, equally as important as the text, offer panoramic scenes, close-ups, and aerial views of the birds in framed strips and two-page spreads-most of them set against the soft blue-toned backgrounds of sky and water. Several of the paintings have the appearance of batik; many are exceptional in their simplicity. Alas, no factual material on the whooping crane is included. Pair this lovely poetic tribute with some information on the habits of this unusual avian species for an enjoyable nature lesson.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802851727
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/07/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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