K-Gr 4 The life of the Bewick's swan, a Eurasian bird which is a rare visitor to Alaska and the Northwest coast and a close relative of the most common U.S. swan, the Tundra (formerly, Whistling). The short text begins with the meeting and mating of male and female on the Arctic tundra, follows their egg-laying, brooding and hatching and ends with the swan's winter migration. Although information is presently simply, the vocabulary is not always easy; slipstream, estuary, discreet and interloper are a few of the words used but not defined. This shortcoming is also one of the book's strengths; instead of writing down to her audience or diluting her information, Lewis conveys true respect for these birds and their power to survive in the face of their worst enemy, ``the human with the gun.'' King's attractive, luminous and meticulously accurate watercolor paintings contribute to the appeal. Perfect for adults to share with interested children or for older children who, in spite of the book's lack of an index, will find as much information about swans here as in other now out-of-print books: Van Wormer's The World of the Swan (Lippincott, 1972; o.p.) and McCoy's Swans (Lothrop, 1967; o.p.). Fegely's Wonders of Geese and Swans (Dodd, 1976) discusses only North American species. This volume closely resembles Lewis and King's satisfying Puffin (Lothrop, 1984). Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, Conn.