Whistling Wings
Marcel, a young tundra swan, is tired from the first half of a winter migration. One thousand miles is a long way to fly-too long for Marcel, so he hides in the rushes to stay behind while his parents and the flock continue south. But with the lake nearly frozen over, he soon realizes that he is not cut out for life on ice. Other animals offer advice about how to survive the winter, but their ways of living aren't right for the swan. Hungry and scared, he falls asleep - only to be awakened by a big surprise!

Written by Laura Goering
Illustrated by Laura Jacques

32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3
Lexile: - 550, AR: 4.1, RC: 3.2, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781934359129 $16.95  
Paperback 9781934359303 $8.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553857 $9.95  
EBook 9781607182795 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551105 $6.95  
Keywords:   seasons, behavioral adaptation, migration, winter adaptations, life science, life cycle, sequencing
Animals in the book:   bald eagle, muskrat, raccoon, tundra swan
Vetters:   Thanks to Roland J. Limpert of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources and co-author of Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus), The Birds of North America for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

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“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

Author/Illustrator Info:

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, lives in Minnesota with her husband, and their daughter. Visit Laura's Website.

Award-winning illustrator Laura Jacques is passionate about illustrating children's books that focus on natural history, wildlife, and environmental awareness for children. In addition to illustrating Tornado Tamer, The Most Dangerous, Baby Owl’s Rescue and Whistling Wings for Arbordale, she has also illustrated For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson, Squirrel Assist, At Home in the Rain Forest, and Wildlife Refuge: A Classroom Adventure. Her books have won several honors and awards, including "NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children" sponsored by the Children's Book Council and the "KIND Children's Book Award" sponsored by the Association for Humane and Environmental Education, a division of the Humane Society of the United States. For more information, visit Laura’s website: http://www.laurajacques.com.


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