Loon Baby

Loon Baby Cover

Loon Baby

By Molly Beth Griffin; Anne Hunter (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547254876, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 21, 2011

Atop the rippling waves
the breeze ruffling his fluff
Loon Baby waits, alone,
and wonders:
Will his mother ever come back?With sensitivity and a spare prose, first-time author Molly Beth Griffin navigates the quiet panic that Loon Baby experiences in the absence of Mama. Anne Hunter's soft cross-hatched and watercolor paintings shape a serene lake-scape with varied scenes that amplify and illuminate the emotion this book captures.

About the Author
Molly Beth Griffin is a graduate of Hamline University's MFA program in writing for children and a teacher at the Loft Literary Center. She lives in South Minneapolis with her family. "Loon Baby "is her first book and it was the winner of the Barbara Kneutson Award at Hamline University. Visit her website at www.mollybethgriffin.com.

Anne Hunter grew up in South Florida and now lives with her family inthe hills of rural Vermont where she can hear the crickets, who singwith the frogs, who listen to the distant hoot of an owl.Anne is known for watching the squirrels, listening to the insects andwriting about the natural world around us. She has written and illustrated many children s books, including Possum s Harvest Moon, which reviewers described as "a sensational selection," with illustrations that are "beautifully rendered" and have "a hushed mystery." http: //www.annehunterstudio.com/

Praise For Loon Baby

"This lovely picture book addresses a child's fear of abandonment and offers the reassurance of a mother's love." —Booklist

"Guaranteed to hit the mark with anyone who's ever felt lost and alone." —Kirkus Reviews

"While understated, the story has a sturdy quality that should stand up to repeated read-alouds."— Publishers Weekly