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Legend of the Loon (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) Paperback – June 15, 2003


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The Legend of the Loon, tells of a magical grandmother and her cherished relationship with her grandchildren. Trips to the forest with her reveal the wonders of nature, from winter's frost to the miracle of newborn fawns. She tells them of the dream-soul, "where all of the things you believe in and wish for come together like earth and water and sky." Telling stories by firelight, the grandchildren notice Grandmother Lom's reflection on the water. "She looked as if she was wearing the night and the stars on her back, the northern lights as a beautiful necklace, and a kindled flame in her eyes..."

Written with the captivating poetry you've come to expect from author Kathy-jo Wargin and painted with mystery and wonder by illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, this tale is a perfect addition to your Lengends collection as well as an enchanting introduction to the work of these legendary storytellers. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of more than 30 books for children, including The Legend of Sleeping Bear. Her many awards include an IRA Children's Choice Award for The Legend of the Loon and an IRA Teacher's Choice Award for Win One for the Gipper. Kathy-jo lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 5
  • Series: Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (June 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585361674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585361670
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathy-jo Wargin is the bestselling author of more than 45 books such as the children's classic The Legend of Sleeping Bear, 2001 IRA Children's Choice Award Winner The Legend of the Loon, IRA Teacher's Choice Award Winner Win One for the Gipper, Bank Street College of Education Best Book Listee The Voyageur's Paddle, and newly released Alfred Nobel, The Man Behind the Peace Prize. She has also written two widely successful coffee table books titled Michigan, The Spirit of the Land and The Great Lakes Cottage Book, working in collaboration with her husband, Great Lakes photographer Ed Wargin.

Kathy-jo Wargin was born and raised on the iron range of northern Minnesota, and studied music composition at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has been writing professionally for more than twenty years, and is dedicated to the creation and promotion of quality literature for children. She is a frequent guest speaker at reading conferences throughout the nation such as IRA, MAME, MRA and more. In addition, she regularly visits school systems to perform large and small group presentations and teacher in-service programs, as well as frequent book signing tours and promotional events. Kathy-jo Wargin and family reside in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Her newest book is titled Moose on the Loose. Here's what School Library Journal has to say: PreS-Gr 1-This rhyming text begins by asking: "What/would you do/with a moose/on the loose?/Would you chase him,/or race him,/or stand up to face him?" As the book continues, the creature becomes more daring, and children will delight in the antics of both the moose and its young human companion. Bold, bright, cartoonlike illustrations capture the action in a humorous style, inviting readers to look closely at all the details. The large boldfaced type complements the illustrations and action. Colorful spreads and simple rhymes will make this whimsical story a hit.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robin S. Van Frankenhuyzen on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mr.VanFranknhuzen was in our area schools in Clinton Township for 5 days this spring and used his wonderful books as lessons for the children to draw. He was so good with the kids the time just flew. One of the things he shared with us was about the "secrets" of the Loon book. He told us how much fun he had painting hidden loons in almost all the paintings and the children as well as the adults had fun trying to find them all. I don't think we succeeded but we're still looking. The magical story in combination with the beautiful paintings are a joy to read and see. We wait anxiously for your next legend. Thank you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "allocke" on June 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The legend of the Loon by Kathy-Jo Wargin is another one of her great legends. Although it doesn't specifically mention Michigan it certainly could be. The grandmother becomes concerned when her grandchildren go out in a boat and are late coming back. The children are lost and finally find their way back by following the loon. Grandma turned into the loon to show them the way back to safety. Great for older kids, although our younger ones enjoy the story as well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ruth E. on June 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this story to my grandchildren today, and they loved it! We live on a lake where loons nest, and their call has always captivated us. I don't think I have ever heard a more beautiful tale that this one! My grandchildren are now calling every loon they see "grandmother lom". This story will be read again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana J. Davis on December 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My mother-in-law loves loons! This book was perfect because it is about grandmas and loons. I would not suggest this book for the baby-preschool level... This is really a book that is written for the 4-12 yr old range. (4-6 if you are reading it to them and 6-12 if they are reading it for themselves.)
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This was a gift for my mother, I ordered it used and discovered it was signed by the artist! I love artwork, and this is outstanding. It is a nice large book, with big beautiful prints on each page.
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