||LUCK: The Story of a Sandhill Crane
by Jean Craighead George
From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review
In impressive harmony, Newbery Medalist George's (Julie of the Wolves) lilting narrative and Minor's
(Yankee Doodle America) stunning paintings follow the year-long, round-trip journey of a young sandhill crane who migrates north to his nesting grounds. ... Minor depicts the graceful birds with his usual meticulous attention to detail, while his landscapes--notably several portraying the crane-filled sky at brilliant sunset--and intriguing bird's-eye-views of the expanses both above and below are breathtaking. A rewarding and uplifting flight.
From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
The simple story line recounts the various locations the cranes pass and note on their way north and west to Siberia, where [Luck] meets his mate. In a gently humorous turn, Luck occasionally notes human evidence instead of the natural landmarks, and, predictably, he gets lost on the return journey. Minor's skilled paintings provide richly varied perspectives of the world below the flying craneshumans looking up at the impressive number of birds filling the sky and the watery places where they occasionally land. Maps tracing the cranes' migration appear on the endpapers. ... This pleasant tale will be enjoyable shared reading for bird-watchers, especially those living in states in which the cranes pass by, and useful for introducing classroom units on natural science.
From KIRKUS REVIEWS
Minor's gorgeous full-bleed paintings employ a variety of perspectives as Luck makes his way across the American landscape, memorizing all the wrong landmarks in preparation for his trip back home. George, dean of children's nature writers, is at her understated best....
George and Minor collaborate once again on a picture book that affirms the fragility and wonder of nature. In a Texas marsh, a girl untangles a young sandhill crane from a plastic six-pack holder and names him Luck. Captivating words and pictures follow Luck's journey with his parents across the U.S. and Canada to Siberia. ... The noisy bird talk ("KHARRRR!" "Crackrrr!") will draw children immediately into Luck's world.... Minor's beautifully painted spreads of Luck, including many pictures of the birds in flight, increase the sense of awe that the birds' miraculous journey inspires. A fine title to prompt discussion about local wildlife; suggest this for classroom units about animal conservation, migration, and the connection between humans and animals.
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