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Loon Baby Hardcover – March 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547254873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547254876
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A baby loon lives safe and secure with his mother in the woods. But when Mama Loon dives for the baby�s dinner and disappears, he worries because she has never been gone so long and imagines all manner of scary possibilities. In his search to find her, which to him seems endless, he learns to dive. But still no mama. Hunter�s illustrations artfully complement the story arc. In the beginning, watercolor washes of subtle blues and greens establish serenity. As the tension builds, a double-page spread of wavy water whipped by wind and pelted by rain surrounds the tiny loon baby, capturing his fear and loneliness. Another dramatic image shows a close-up of the loon as he wails a �mournful, wavering cry� right before his joyful reunion with his mama. This lovely picture book addresses a child�s fear of abandonment and offers the reassurance of a mother�s love. Preschool-Grade 2. --Patricia Austin

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"This lovely picture book addresses a child's fear of abandonment and offers the reassurance of a mother's love." —Booklist

"Guaranteed to hit the mark with anyone who's ever felt lost and alone." —Kirkus Reviews

"While understated, the story has a sturdy quality that should stand up to repeated read-alouds."— Publishers Weekly


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The illustrations are a perfect match.
Booklover82
It's a sweet story about a baby loon who learns how to dive while waiting for his mother to return.
Just Married in LA
I thought that it would have a sad ending but read it for yourself to find out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Arens on May 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I don't have any children of my own, but I've bought the book twice now for the children of friends. I rarely read the books I'm giving as gifts to the under 8 crowd, but I have to admit that the second time I bought it was partly an excuse to get a second crack at reading it myself. The story manages to evoke a primal sense of longing and relief, for young and old alike, and the parents have told me that it's become one of the books that their kids ask them to read over and over.

Give it a try, you can't go wrong.
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By smc on June 18, 2014
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The is a nice little story about a baby Loon - trust me there are not many around. It is also a sweet story about nature and the similarity of parenting everywhere. I want my upcoming little granddaughter to be well versed in 'Loon' before she heads to the cabin and gets to experience them for the first time. This will get her started.
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By betsey23 on April 28, 2013
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I bought this for my grandson who is still too young to understand the story, but he does enjoy the illustrations. Beautiful pictures of nature. A very sweet and simple little book. I thought that it would have a sad ending but read it for yourself to find out!
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Format: Hardcover
Loon Baby is a sweet, endearing story that begins with Loon Baby snuggled in his nest with his mother.

"In the great north woods
by a little round lake
in a soft, warm nest,
a baby loon lived with his mother." pg. 1

Loon baby is looking for his mother. She dove into the deep lake for Baby's dinner and she hasn't come back yet. Loon Baby is worried and searching for her. He dips his head in the murky green lake but he cannot dive yet. So he waits, and floats and paddles in circles. Loon Baby is a story about the love a child has for it's mother.

The artwork is full of beautiful watercolors is done in blue and green tones. The artwork contains some animals and lake creatures of the north, like fish, turtles, moose and a bear. The effect of the cool watercolors is calming and soothing.

The loon is the Minnesota state bird and while the loon travels south for the winter, hearing their lonesome beautiful call in the morning is a soulful sound. I could listen to the loons sing all day, it is so memorable.

Griffin has crafted a lovely story for families who love nature and animals. Loon Baby is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers as the text is poetic and repetitive. Loon Baby will make the perfect gift for a new mother and it is meant for someone who owns a cabin and can hear the loons call. Loon Baby reminds me of summer at the lake when I was a child. I wish I had this book when my kids were young. They would have adored it.
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Format: Hardcover
Loon Baby and his mother are out catching some supper and end up getting separated. Loon Baby's imagination get the best of him while he is waiting for his mother to return. He starts to worry so he sends out a distress call, before he knows it his mom is by his side with supper!
Before reading this book our girls did not know what a loon was. Any books that teaches our kids something new is a hit in our homeschool!
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