- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (June 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934359122
- ISBN-13: 978-1934359129
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,577,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whistling Wings Hardcover – June 17, 2008
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"No one in the publishing industry does beautifully illustrated, fun-filled, educational children's books like Sylvan Dell does. They are a joy to read and one never considers tossing them into the garage sale 'free' bin. Not ever! Whistling Wings is no exception. Every library and school should have this book. Oh, and it should also be in every child's personal library." --Armchair Interviews
"This is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated books I've ever seen. This book gets a high five for keeping the reader's interest from beginning to end, creativity, beautiful illustrations, and beautiful text. A future classic and present day 'must read' and 'must have' for sure!" --Children's Book Reviews
"This is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated books I've ever seen!" --Stories for Children Magazine
About the Author
Laura Goering (Whistling Wings) is a professor of Russian language and literature (including Russian Literature for Children) at Carleton College. Every fall, people travel from all over the Upper Midwest to Alma, Wisconsin, to view the thousands of whistling swans (also called tundra swans), who stop there on the way from their breeding grounds in northern Canada and Alaska to their wintering grounds in the Chesapeake Bay area. It was this spectacle that inspired Laura to write Whistling Wings. While Laura has poems published in anthologies and several magazine articles to her credit, this is her first picture book. Laura, her husband, and their daughter live in Minnesota.
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My Experience: I started reading Whistling Wings on 1/19/17 as a bedtime story for my 5 year-old son. This is actually our second time reading this book. We both liked this book very much. The illustrations are so beautiful. The story focuses on a little boy swan named Marcel who loves his home because of the great weather and abundant food source. But when winter comes, his family asks him to migrate and he doesn’t want to go because he feels afraid of the long distance he is required to fly. On the day of migration, he hides so that he could stay back. Then when everyone is gone and the weather is so cold, he feels sad and alone. Other animals tried to help him but either he’s too big to sleep in a log or can’t swim underwater. This book is absolutely great for kids to read because they not only learn about tundra swans migration but they also learn to stay together with family because family will take care of them.
Pro: family, migration, survival, illustration, tundra swans, helpful passerby
Con: the story didn’t mention a location where the swans stay and where they are going
I rate it 5 stars!
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Arbordale Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.
This is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated books I've ever seen! This charming tale, written by Minnesota author Laura Goering, exudes warmth, friendliness, and love. Even the title is beautiful! Marcel is a young whistling swan, also known as a tundra swan, that lands with his parents and flock on a beautiful lake. This is their new home for a few months, so Marcel feasts on the lake goodies such as wild celery and sago pondweed and plays with the other young swans. He was so happy because he didn't have to fly anywhere. As winter approaches, the flock leaves and Marcel is left behind because he hid while the flock left. He soon misses his parents and realizes he is now all alone. Other animals take pity on him and offer suggestions on how he can find food and a home for winter. But, nothing they suggest and he tries works. You'll just have to read this story to find out if Marcel survives winter on his own. This book gets a high five for keeping the reader's interest from beginning to end, creativity, beautiful illustrations, and beautiful text. A future classic and a present day "must read" and "must have" for sure!
As with all Sylvan Dell Books, there is an educational section at the end of this book entitled: For Creative Minds, which is also available online. This section includes: Tundra Swan Fun Facts, Tundra Swan Life Cycle Sequencing Activity, Migration Fun Facts, and an Animal Adaptation Matching Activity.