Vivid depictions in words and photos illuminate the mysterious world of loons, viewed through the lens of a chick learning how to survive—and thrive—in her first year.
Below white pines, at water’s edge,
in guarded nest of mud and sedge,
squeezed inside an olive egg,
beak meets wing meets folded leg.
With these few words, the scene is set for the hatching of Moon Loon. During her first summer with her parents and brother in the northland, Moon Loon has a lot to learn. Mom and Dad teach essential lessons, like how to catch and eat fish, how to avoid becoming a snack for snapping turtles, and what songs to sing and when. Moon Loon also discovers her secret skills, like how to float, how to dive, and—eventually—how to fly.
Supplementary back matter by Chuck Dayton highlights fascinating details of loon biology and ecology, gleaned from expert sources as well as observation. Dayton has spent five summers photographing loons from his kayak on a northern Minnesota lake, capturing key moments in the lives of these iconic birds.
Hardcover. 10 in. x 8 in. Ages 3 - 7.