Loon Chase

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Loon Chase
When a boy and his mother take their dog Miles on a peaceful canoe ride, they find themselves frantically racing to save a mother loon and her family! Join them and watch the surprising outcome of Miles’ encounter with the loons. Then witness the boy’s moment of wonder when he meets the loon. The “For Creative Minds" section includes loon fun facts section and encourages children to care for animals.

This fictional story includes a 6-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 29-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Loon Chase is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Jean Heilprin Diehl, Illustrated by Kathryn Freeman
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 6-10, Grades 1-5, Lexile: - 670, AR: 3.7, F&P: N
Hardcover 9780976494386 $15.95  
Paperback 9781607181163 $8.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553574 $11.95  
EBook 9781607182511 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628550825 Purchase Here
Keywords:   human-loon interaction, life science, life cycle, birds
Animals in the book:   loon, dog, springer spaniel
Vetters:   Thanks to Harry Vogel of the Loon Preservation Society and to the staff of Maine Audubon for reviewing the For Creative Minds section and verifying its accuracy.


A good story, reverence for and understanding of nature, and useful information on which to grow make this book a fine addition to any library. Text and pictures work beautifully together throughout the volume, and readers will continue to find new details in both as they return for many repeat readings. - Foreword Magazine

Freeman's pastel illustrations provide a close-up portrait of the loon protecting the babies. Vivid descriptions incorporate facts in a readable manner. More science notes and an activity are provided in the end matter, along with a 'Loons in Native American Culture' folklore overview, making this a useful title for classroom discussion. - School Library Journal

This is a heart-warming tale where the biggest animal does not win. - Library Media Connection

Author/Illustrator Info:

Jean Heilprin Diehl is the author of Loon Chase and Three Little Beavers for Arbordale. Her other books for young readers include the middle-grade novel Tiny Infinities, and picture book collaborations with Loon Chase artist Kathryn Freeman, Paloma's Pie and What Color is Fred? Jean has also written numerous leveled readers for the education market, and her award-winning fiction for adults has appeared in journals and anthologies. She and her family live near Washington, D.C. For more information, visit Jean's website at www.jeanheilprindiehl.com.

Kathryn Freeman (Loon Chase) spent many summers on Conway Lake in the White Mountains region in New Hampshire where she learned to use pastels from her uncle, the landscape artist Robert Jordan. He and Kathryn often took a canoe out at dawn to check on nesting loons. Kathryn is known foremost as a painter. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in numerous private and public collections. She has also done a number of large public commissions, including three story murals for the new public library in Jacksonville, Florida. While this is her first children's book, it will likely not be her last! Her life-like pastels are superb. Visit Kathryn's website.


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