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Loon /hc by Susan Vande Griek
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Oct 17, 11

bookshelves: ncbla, picture-book
Read in October, 2011

With beautiful language and exceptionally detailed acrylic illustrations, the life cycle of a loon is described from the two chicks' hatching in June to their preparation years later for their own nest and their own chicks. Many of the word choices help readers visualize the water birds; for example, "The chicks copy their papa/ as he pokes, picks and preens,/ oiling, arranging his feathers/ to keep them waterproof and neat" (unpaginated) and "...a first-ever bird's eye view/ of their large birth lake" (unpaginated). One of my favorite illustrations shows the loons high in the air as they leave the lake for warmer climes as the fall foliage rims the huge lake. Backmatter includes additional information on the loons and some of the threats to their continued survival.
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