Loon

Loon

Book - 2011
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The haunting call of a loon is quintessential summertime for many people. These majestically beautiful birds breed on northern lakes during the spring and summer, and when fall arrives, they migrate to open coastal waters. Young loons stay on the ocean for three or four years until they mature and their gray feathers molt, turning to the beautiful black-and-white patterned feathers by which they are known. At this point they return to an inland lake to find a mate and have their young.

This gorgeously illustrated prose poem follows two baby chicks through this cycle. We witness their birth, and how they learn to swim, find food and avoid predators such as snapping turtles and big bass, and the possible danger of boaters. In the fall they imitate their parents as they learn to fly and are eventually large and strong enough to make their own migration to the coast.

An afterword supplies other interesting facts about the common loon, which some scientists believe has inhabited lakes and oceans for millions of years. It describes these birds' amazing diving ability, their four different calls, and the different factors that threaten them, such as loss of habitat due to human proximity and environmental problems (acid rain, deadly toxins in lakes, oil spills and global warming), suggesting different ways that we might help to protect them.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781554980772
Branch Call Number: 598.442 VAN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Reczuch, Karen

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MariePat Jun 26, 2014

A beautifully illustrated picture book about the life cycle of loon, from the nest to flight and back. The words are like poetry. I thoroughly enjoyed this picture book which was fun but informative. Recommended for older children.

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amazing789
Jan 18, 2014

this book teached me a few stuff about loons and I got a lot of cool information.

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maghilini123
Apr 17, 2013

I loved this book because it has lots of adjective . It talks about how loon grow up and they separate from there parents and is so idea.

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chandrakins
Apr 13, 2013

i LOVED it :) i really like how it tells the story of how a loon grows up and separates from their parents at the end... i almost cried.

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dog123456789
Apr 10, 2013

horible

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BLIVIX26
Apr 10, 2013

Boring

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bisma16
Apr 10, 2013

i didn't really like this book because it was quite boring.

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mally1
Apr 05, 2013

I like this book because it tells you a lot about loons and loons are one of my favorite animals

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ReadItAlready
Apr 05, 2013

I really liked this book because it had great illustrations, and it has lots of great information about loons.

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javariababar
Apr 04, 2013

I liked this book because it tells you all about loons and it was very nice

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