SONG FOR THE WHOOPING CRANE
...A poetic celebration of the Whooping Crane--one
of the rarest birds in North America.
Quote: A visual and linguistic delight, this celebration of the endangered whooping crane delivers a subtle environmental message. Beginning "in the far North/ when October spills/ across the ice/ and the wind sweeps high," Spinelli traces the flight of the cranes to their southern habitat and back again, detailing the kinds of foods, sounds and activities in which the birds engage. Spinelli infuses the narrative's reverential tone with an infectious sense of wonder: "Come see!/ Step out from dappled doorways,/ leave your dreams."
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