Swan

Deborah King, Author Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books $0 (30p) ISBN 978-0-688-05534-9
King and Lewis, once again collaborating on a work about birds, prove that fact can be as accessible and entertaining as fiction. As in Puffin, they portray birds' habits and characteristics, tracing a migratory Bewick swan and its flock on a 2600-mile flight south to escape the winter of the northern Arctic tundra. The narrative is straightforward, yet poignant and even romantic in places. Interesting facts about swans are revealed: the males are called cobs; swans preen their feathers to release the oil that waterproofs them; and much more. King's soft-hued illustrations change as the weather does, revealing her love of nature. (3-7)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1985
Release date: 01/01/1985
Hardcover - 30 pages - 978-0-688-05535-6
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