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3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Laura Geringer Book (first published April 25th 2006)
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Oct 06, 2008 Ashlea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luck is a picture book that won a Bill Martin award. The book is about a little girl who saves the life of a sandhill crane, by removing a plastic pop ring from its neck. The little girl named the crane Luck. Luck and his parents and thousands of other cranes traveled north for the summer. Luck and the other cranes traveled through Oklahoma, Kansas and stopped in Nebraska to sleep on the Platte River. While traveling Luck looked for landmarks for his way back, but sometimes he memorized things t ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie - when she is older
Shelves: picture-books
A beautiful story with lovely illustrations. Luck is a young sandhill crane who has had the bad luck to become entangled in a plastic six-pack ring, and the good luck to meet the girl who sets him free. The book describes the northern flight of the sandhill cranes in the spring. Since their flight is over the Midwest, I have not experienced it, but it sounds amazing. Beautiful descriptions with a touch of humor as Luck seems to memorize details of the landscape that will not be very helpful on h ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful story that teaches about the amazing spectacle of the Sandhill Crane migration each year as well as tells an engaging story about a hapless, but very lucky bird. The illustrations are gorgeous and I love that I learned something by reading this story, too. We lived near Platte for several years and I never knew that so many of these birds in particular flocked there each Spring, although I knew that our airfield was in a migratory path for birds in general. We really enjoyed ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Joanna rated it it was amazing
Solomon loves anything with a bird so this rating is skewed. He will probably play "sandhill crane" all night. It's probably three or four stars for a child with less enthusiasm for ornithology. We will follow this book up with some discussion/books about tundra and marshlands. I'll look for some video of cranes too. This book can stimulate all sorts of discussion: environmental issues, ecosystems, lifecycles of birds, even travel. Also, this particular bird traveled from Texas to Siberia. This ...more
LOVE this book about the migration of a sandhill crane. This is a great story with beautiful illustrations, that you can also use in so many educational ways: map the migration, discuss dangers of litter to animals, read it before you see sandhill cranes (like when we go to WY.) Good good book in my opinion.
A sweet picture book. Can be used as a read aloud and narration for U.S. geography or science. We enjoyed reading about our winter visitors' faraway travels.
Jan 22, 2009 Amron rated it it was amazing
I can think of no better book for my son, Luck, then a story of a sandhill crane, named Luck, and his journey. Its the BEST!
Sep 15, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
Wendell Minor painting America and Jean Craighead George writing about nature, a picture book really can't get better than this.
Apr 17, 2009 Zonia rated it liked it
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A migratory story of Luck, a sandhill crane, who travels from Texas North all the way to Siberia for the summer, finds a mate, and returns at the end of the summer.
Nov 26, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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A fun ornithological title on sandhill cranes. Local info for real-life, regional tie-in:
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Would be great book to add to a science unit!
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Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey ...more
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