Whistling Wings

Whistling Wings

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by Laura Goering, Laura Jacques
     
 

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Can a swan survive without winter migration? Marcel, a young tundra swan, is tired from the first half of a winter migration. One thousand miles is a long way to fly—too long for Marcel, so he hides in the rushes to stay behind while his parents and the flock continue south. But with the lake nearly frozen over, he soon realizes that he is not cut out for life on…  See more details below

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Can a swan survive without winter migration? Marcel, a young tundra swan, is tired from the first half of a winter migration. One thousand miles is a long way to fly—too long for Marcel, so he hides in the rushes to stay behind while his parents and the flock continue south. But with the lake nearly frozen over, he soon realizes that he is not cut out for life on ice. Other animals offer advice about how to survive the winter, but their ways of living aren't right for the swan. Hungry and scared, he falls asleep — only to be awakened by a big surprise! The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes “Tundra Swan Fun Facts” and a “Tundra Swan Life Cycle Sequencing Activity.”

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Powerful verbs paint beautiful scenes in this migration tale featuring Marcel, a young swan. The tale begins with Marcel, his parents, and a large swan flock pausing to rest and eat at a large lake. The lake is rich in food and Marcel loves it. However, he learns of a one thousand mile journey the flock has yet to make and he becomes disenchanted. He hides when the swan flock departs so he does not have to make the trip. He soon sees the error he has made when the lake begins to freeze and food is scarce. While alone, a muskrat, eagle, and raccoon willingly show Marcel how to make a home and what to eat. But to Marcel's dismay, their ways are not the ways of geese and he ends up cold, hungry, and scared. Finally, as he hovers near a log in the moonlight, he hears the welcome whistling call of his parents who have returned to find him. The reunion is happy, his parents help him find food, and Marcel is ready to take off on the long journey he did not want to undertake before. This captivating story works well to teach about migration. It also includes a good lesson. Rich, realistic illustrations capture the wintery scenes. Unique borders enrich some illustrated pages. Text and illustrations combine in a perfect blend to produce a heart-warming tale. This book could be used to supplement science lessons. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934359129
Publisher:
Sylvan Dell Publishing
Publication date:
08/10/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Goering, pronounced Gehring, (Whistling Wings) is a professor of Russian language and literature (including Russian Literature for Children) at Carleton College. Every fall, people travel from all over the Upper Midwest to Alma, Wisconsin, to view the thousands of whistling swans (also called tundra swans), who stop there on the way from their breeding grounds in northern Canada and Alaska to their wintering grounds in the Chesapeake Bay area. It was this spectacle that inspired Laura to write Whistling Wings. While Laura has poems published in anthologies and several magazine articles to her credit, this is her first picture book. Laura, her husband, and their daughter live in Minnesota.

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Whistling Wings 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Kelly Becker More than 1 year ago
i thought the pictures in this book were fab!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Whistling Wings is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated books I've ever seen! This charming tale, written by Minnesota author Laura Goering, exudes warmth, friendliness, and love. Even the title is beautiful! Marcel is a young whistling swan, also known as a tundra swan, that lands with his parents and flock on a beautiful lake. This is their new home for a few months, so Marcel feasts on the lake goodies such as wild celery and sago pondweed and plays with the other young swans. He was so happy because he didn't have to fly anywhere. As winter approaches, the flock leaves and Marcel is left behind because he hid while the flock left. He soon misses his parents and realizes he is now all alone. Other animals take pity on him and offer suggestions on how he can find food and a home for winter. But, nothing they suggest and he tries works. You'll just have to read this story to find out if Marcel survives winter on his own. This book gets a high five for keeping the reader's interest from beginning to end, creativity, beautiful illustrations, and beautiful text. A future classic and a present day 'must read' and 'must have' for sure! As with all Sylvan Dell Books, there is an educational section at the end of this book entitled: For Creative Minds, which is also available online. This section includes: Tundra Swan Fun Facts, Tundra Swan Life Cycle Sequencing Activity, Migration Fun Facts, and an Animal Adaptation Matching Activity. Gayle Jacobson-Huset ¿ Managing Editor Stories for Children Magazine