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Loon Chase
     

Loon Chase

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by Jean Heilprin Diehl, Kathryn Freeman (Illustrator)
 

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When a boy and his mother take their dog Miles on a peaceful canoe ride, they find themselves frantically racing to save a mother loon and her family! Join them and watch the surprising outcome of Miles' encounter with the loons. Then witness the boy's moment of wonder when he meets the loon. The “For Creative Minds” section includes loon fun facts,

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When a boy and his mother take their dog Miles on a peaceful canoe ride, they find themselves frantically racing to save a mother loon and her family! Join them and watch the surprising outcome of Miles' encounter with the loons. Then witness the boy's moment of wonder when he meets the loon. The “For Creative Minds” section includes loon fun facts, information about loons in Native American Culture, a “Maker a Loon Mask” craft, and a “Map It,” “Math It,” “Measure It” section. Encourages children to care for animals.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Adventure abounds when a boy and his mother slip into a canoe and paddle around a smooth, shiny lake. Their dog, Miles, swims beside them, as they head for the berry bushes on nearby Big Island. On the way, they spot a loon and its two chicks in the water. When Miles heads off toward the loons, the boy and his mother think the worst. Only a race against the water can save the babies. But the parent loon calls upon instincts and thrashes out at Miles. The dog slinks away from the loons. Later, the boy and one of the loons meet face-to-face in a moment of stillness. A special finish to the evening includes the calls and flight of a loon. This first person account imparts lots of information in a close-up way. The text is clear and includes lovely, descriptive phrases, and the story flows in a peaceful manner. Pastel illustrations fit the text well, and double spreads are highlighted with borders that enhance the format. Readers get a bonus with supplemental pages. They hold facts, questions, a map, and math and measure activities. Information about loons in Native American culture and directions for making a loon mask are also included. This book supports ideas regarding adaptations, behaviors, and habitats of animals. Youngsters will read it again and again. 2006, Sylvan Dell Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-In this tale, a boy and his mother set off on a canoe ride to Big Island with their bird dog swimming along beside them. When he spies a loon and two chicks nearby, his hunting instincts take over. The young narrator recounts with suspense the panicked attempts to stop the pup from reaching the endangered animals. The chase comes to an end when the big bird rises up, flaps its wings, and splashes its webbed feet, seeming to walk on the lake. Startled, Miles swims away. Freeman's pastel illustrations provide a close-up portrait of the loon protecting the babies. Vivid descriptions incorporate facts in a readable manner. More science notes and an activity are provided in the end matter, along with a "Loons in Native American Culture" folklore overview, making this a useful title for classroom discussion.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607181163
Publisher:
Arbordale Publishing
Publication date:
03/20/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Heilprin Diehl (Loon Chase) and her family have visited and lived in New Hampshire since the late 19th century and still own a cabin on Silver Lake, where loons nest every summer. Her Springer spaniel, Miles, loved to swim in the lake and provided the inspiration for Loon Chase." Jean is an award-winning author and critic whose work has appeared in such journals and anthologies as the Indiana Review, Antietam Review, Fodderwing, Sycamore Review, Kestrel, Many Mountains Moving, The Journal, and Great Writers/Great Stories.

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