After a girl saves his life, Luck, a young sandhill crane, begins the long migration north to Siberia with his parents. Luck and his parents use a special song to find one another: Crackaarr! While his parents depend on rivers, lakes, and mountains to guide their way, Luck memorizes man-made objects windmills, sunglasses, and a baby carriage. Soon thousands of cranes join Luck and his family on their timeless journey. Follow Luck's challenging flight through the voice of master storyteller Jean Craighead George and the art of the critically acclaimed Wendell Minor.
|Publisher:||Live Oak Media|
|Product dimensions:||10.47(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.61(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Jean Craighead George (1919-2012) was the beloved award-winning author of more than one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal and her novel My Side of the Mountain received a Newbery Honor. She also wrote acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world, including The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Everglades. A Special Gift for Grammy is one of the last books Jean Craighead George worked on before she passed away.
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an illustration team with more than forty picture books in print. Their work has garnered rave reviews and won awards. Their books include My Many Colored Days, Bebop Express, I Walk at Night, New York's Bravest, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Salamander Room. They were also concept artists for Pixar's Toy Story and A Bug's Life. They live in California with their son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
On page one, we meet a crane, standing in the water, with a plastic soda six-pack holder caught around his neck. A girl sets him free, and waves goodbye, referring to him by the name, 'Luck.' He joins his parents in the sky, and together with other cranes, they migrate northward. His family shares a call, which sounds like "Crackaarr," in order to find one another. As they fly north, his parents remember the path by memorizing natural landmarks, like rivers and fields. Luck, however, remembers his path by a girl's sunglasses, a baby carriage, and a boy in a canoe. After returning home and growing older, Luck leaves his parents and finds a mate, Wise. Luck and Wise create their own call, "Kharrr." Later, the time came to migrate south, but Wise followed natural landmarks, like rivers, and Luck flew in search of the boy in the canoe and the baby carriage. The two birds became separated, but later reunited. They came across the girl that had helped Luck escape from the plastic soda holder, and she changed his name to 'Love.' The birds sounded their call, revealing their true names. Newbery Medal-winning author Jean Craighead George's story is a beautiful one. Illustrator Wendell Minor's bright images show a sky filled with cranes. When Luck and the other cranes fly, they truly appear to be in flight. We see the way the birds sometimes stand, with one leg tucked underneath. Readers also see the way the cranes land, flying down from the sky. When Luck finds his mate, we see how they react to one another, fluttering their feathers.