Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9781554980772, 48pp.
Publication Date: August 16, 2011
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.
A 2012 USBBY Outstanding International Book
Short-Listed for the 2012 Information Book Award
"a delightful celebration of natureHighly Recommended." CM Magazine
"This bookhas a lyrical text and lush, full-color illustrations." School Library Journal
"Loon is a celebration of a not-so-common bird and the majestic wilderness it inhabits." Canadian Children's Book News