The Christmas Loon

Tom Martinson, Author Northword Press $14.95 (54p) ISBN 978-1-55971-092-3
A six-year-old girl and her father explore their Minnesota lake by canoe one summer, observing in particular a family of loons--parents and two newly hatched chicks. As fall and then winter come on, Jenny is troubled about the uncertain fate of the smaller chick, but during a Christmas visit to Chincoteague Island she is reassured to see other young loons that have migrated successfully. A stilted narrative, wooden dialogue and uneven photographs--the color photos include a few striking vistas but also many static shots, and the black-and-white portraits of the author's family, models for the characters here, are lackluster--push this well-intentioned but flaccid account wide of its intended mark. Ages 6-8. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999
Release date: 03/01/1999
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