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Spirit of the Swan (Nature Connections Book 1) by [Lundeberg, Mary , Wolfe, Tammy ]
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  • File Size: 2790 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Nature Connections (January 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073YCGTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was recommended to me by a photographer friend. I absolutely love the theme and photography contained in this amazing kindle book. My wife has the Kindle Fire and when she first saw this book she went silent gazing at the photos and reading the story line. She loved it.

Numerous others have reviewed the outstanding qualities of this picture book, but I think that one of the best recommendations came from my Grand Daughter when she, also an aspiring photographer, read the book and just sighed.....Wow Grandpa! Wow!
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I bought this book to share with my grandsons, ages 6 and 4, but children of all ages, as well as adults, will find much to delight within these pages.

Children's literature abounds with stories of animal, fish, and bird families, but two things set this book apart: First, the magnificent photographs invite the reader to enter the real world of nature. They also serve as wonderful discussion starters for children who will want to know more about the life of swans and their environment. And second, the story is based on the experience of an actual trumpeter swan who was shot, rescued by humans and restored to health, then released back into the wild, where he was reunited with his family. To further connect the story to real life, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Crex Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.

Young children are bound to identify with Ziggie's fledgling attempts to fly and grow up, as well as his loneliness when he is separated from his parents. The tension generated by Cob's shooting may cause some shudders initially, but the happy ending will prove reassuring. However, the ending is not contrived, since the story is based on fact, and, more important, the dangers that lurk in nature (especially from humans) are given their due. Penny tells Ziggy, "Life goes on, and so must we." She also explains, "Courage comes from the heart." Her behavior perfectly illustrates this maxim, making "The Spirit of the Swan" a story of resilience and triumph of the spirit.
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This is a special story. Easy to read for the kids, and a touching, true story for kids and adults. The photography is wonderful, with amazing closeups of Trumpeters at all stages of their lives, and even photos of the rescue of the actual swan the story is about, Thanks to Mary Lundeberg and Tammy Wolfe for telling this story!
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The mission of Nature Connections, the imprint of The Spirit of the Swan, is "connecting people to nature through photos and stories." Co-authors and wildlife photographers Mary Lundeberg and Tammy Wolfe fulfill that mission beautifully in this children's book in which the text is artfully illuminated with stunning photographs no illustrator could ever hope to match.

Responsible parents and educators concerned about the environment will welcome The Spirit of the Swan as a compelling story that will not only hold the interest of elementary school age children, but will also help them better understand and appreciate the natural world.

The Spirit of the Swan is based on the news account of an illegally shot Trumpeter Swan restored to health, released into the wild, and reunited with his mate. Lundeberg and Wolfe remind their readers that Trumpeter Swans have been reintroduced in the Midwest after being hunted to extinction.

The fictional account of the incident begins with the mating of the two swans, Cob and Penny. Penny's heart is captured by Cob's "music, strength, and courage." Readers catch a glimpse of how the male protects his mate and her eggs from predators. In this case, despite Cob's brave intervention, only one egg survives the invasion of an otter. Cob and Penny teach their single offspring Ziggy the spirit of the swan: "strong and joyful."

The family of three is migrating to their winter home when Cob, the leader of the flock, is shot. We witness the rescue of the wounded Cob and the courage of Penny and the young Ziggy, as despite his grief, he continues to grow and develop until his father's joyful return.
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A book that I enjoyed as much as children in which I read it to! The story is lovely and images are breathtaking...really nice to be able to share a story with real images as opposed to drawn; a seemingly lost importance factor in children's books today. I would recommend it to not only children of all ages, but adults too.
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