Little Loon is the story about a loon and her first summer on the lake, and also teaches loon facts. Loon’s parents always make their nest in the same place every year, but they need a new place because a new dock was built right where they always have their nest. The nest needs to be not too far from the water, because a loon’s legs are positioned far back on the body, which means they cannot walk well on land. After a loon is born, the family leaves the nest and baby loons can swim, or can ride on its parents’ back. The down feathers make the baby loon float. After 12 weeks, mom and dad leave to fly south, but baby loon stays a few more weeks to get stronger for her migration.
I liked Little Loon because I have seen loons at our cottage in Canada. I learned some facts about loons, like the color of the eggs, that baby loons float, and that both parents take care of the babies. I liked the illustrations, they are colorful, but I wish there was more detail of the loon’s feathers. My favorite fact is that red eyes might help them see better underwater.
|Author||Fran Hodgkins, Karen Hayes, illustrator|
|Page Count||32 pages|
|Publisher||Down East Books|
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