Henry the Heron couldn't stand still! He was always moving, and it drove everyone crazy! His brother and sister yelled at him for stepping on their heads, and Mom and Dad could barely get food into his little baby mouth. But herons have to stand still to catch their food, so how would Henry ever be able to eat on his own? In Henry, the Impatient Heron, Donna Love takes readers along with Henry as he learns a valuable lesson from the King of Camouflage! Hilarious and lighthearted illustrations by Christina Wald complement the important lesson in the text. It is a meaningful lesson for both herons and kids alike, which teaches the importance of just being still!
Written by Donna Love Illustrated by Christina Wald
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3 Lexile: AD 760, AR: 4.4, RC: 4.3, F&P: N
Keywords: behavioral adaptation, heron, patience, predator, adaptations, life cycle
Animals in the book: great blue heron
Vetters: Thanks to Susan Bonfield, Environment for the Americas, home of International Migratory Bird Day and Cathy Wakefield, Conservation Education Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, Mad Island Marsh Preserve for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.
“Thanks to Donna Love’s attention to accuracy and details, Henry the Impatient Heron is not only a clever book that provides copious information about herons while simultaneously teaching a life-skills lesson - it is also a beautiful book. Illustrator Christina Wald carefully depicts the wetlands with attention to fish, amphibians, insects, and vegetation on every page.” - Epinions
“Young readers are going to enjoy this story because they are likely to understand firsthand the difficulty of staying still. Love's story does a great job of portraying both the negatives and positives of patience. Those lacking the finer patience skills will benefit from seeing how with a little effort we can all learn to be patient and therein tackle even our greatest challenges.” – Ready Set Read Reviews
“Small children are wiggle worms as well! They are always on the move, and the word ‘patience’ has yet to be added to their vocabulary. So they will be able to identify with and be delighted by this wonderful tale. Parents and teachers will also appreciate all the great educational information that is seamlessly interwoven into the captivating story—a trademark of all Sylvan Dell titles.” - The National Writing for Children Center
Donna Love is an award-winning author who lives in Montana, where her husband is a district ranger in the Lolo National Forest. Two of their three children are now in college. Donna's first books include Loons, Diving Birds of the North, and Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World. Awesome Ospreys became a Skipping Stones Press Honor Award Winner in 2006, for promoting ecological understanding and cooperation around the world. With a background in art education, Donna substitute teaches at the elementary and high school level. Throughout her years as a substitute and while raising her own children, she found she had a gift for explaining nature to children. With the help of Henry the Impatient Heron and The Glaciers are Melting, she hopes to share that gift with others. Visit her Website.
In addition to Cash Kat, Christina Wald has illustrated Fibonacci Zoo, A Cool Summer Tail, A Warm Winter Tail, Habitat Spy, Little Red Bat, and Henry the Impatient Heron for Arbordale. She also enjoys illustrating a wide variety of toys, games, books, and magazines. From a book that featured hundreds of animals on each page (Look, Find, and Learn: Animals of the World) to games including the Star Wars role playing game series, every assignment covers something new and exciting. In recent years, she has illustrated tons of different animals for books and other publications. Christina enjoys the research aspect of such projects, saying that each new book is a fascinating new learning experience. She often integrates travel to research for her illustrations. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three cats. Visit Christina's website.
Mom's Choice Awards Gold
Gelett Burgess Center Award 2011
2010, 2009 Florida Recommended Summer Reading List