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Loon Chase    by Jean Heilprin Diehl & Kathryn Freeman order for
Loon Chase
by Jean Heilprin Diehl
Order:  USA  Can
Arbordale, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Loon Chase encourages kids' sensitivity to the natural world. It begins as a boy and his mother paddle their canoe one summer morning 'to Big Island to pick blueberries.' Their bird dog Miles swims alongside.

The boy is excited when they spot a loon swimming with two chicks. As they pick berries on the island, Miles swims off on his own - when they look for him, they see him heading towards the loons! They paddle in pursuit, anxious to save the mother and her babies, but it looks like they won't make it in time. 'Then something amazing happened ...'

Wonder what it was? You'll just have to read Loon Chase and find out for yourself. The volume of explanatory text is unusual for a picture book. Also, educationsl sections are included at the back - Loon Fun Facts, Loons in Native American Culture, and instructions to Make a Loon Mask.

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