Written by a professor of Russian language and literature at Carlton College
in Minnesota, Laura Goering
gives children (and adults) an exciting story that also educates ever so subtly.
This charming tale, written by Minnesota author Laura Goering
, exudes warmth, friendliness, and love.
In this great children's book by Laura Goering
, Marcel the swan is enjoying his
lifestyle in his
new tundra home with his
parents and the other swans in the flock.
eats plants from the bottom of the lake and flies in formation all around the air.
father announces that it is time to continue heading south for the winter, Marcel is scared of the long flight and hides from the flock, which means he's
own when the others leave without him.
With Laura Goering's
easy-to-imagine storyline and Laura Jacques' illuminant, life-like illustrations, this tale of a little swan who stays behind will be read over and over again...especially if you like animals!
Whistling Wings by Laura Goering
tells the story of a young tundra swan who became tired of flying on his
first migration and decides to hide and remain behind.
soon regrets his
Marcel, the young tundra swan, was pleased to land in a beautiful patch of water with the other members of the flock.
parents into the water, ate, drank, and slept.
new home and thought for sure they would stay.
After a while, though, his
father announced they would be leaving the next day.
" Marcel woke up exhausted.
No way, he
I can't fly all that way.
waddled into the rushes to hide.
The morning stillness was broken by the sound of squawking swans, soft at first, then building to a tremendous noise."
remained hidden and then they were all gone.
You know that feeling of indecision after you made the decision, well; Marcel immediately experienced that feeling of uneasiness in the pit of his
slid on to the ice and began to cry.
This is the point where a few of the year-round residents approached him with advice on how to survive.
A muskrat, eagle, and raccoon all offered help, but unfortunately their adaptations just didn't suit this swan.
As hard as he
couldn't curl up in a log, he
didn't eat fish, and certainly couldn't swim underwater or under the ice.
The author, Laura Goering
, was inspired by an actual migratory flight of tundra swans.
Although she is a professor of Russian literature and language, this is her first book, and between her inspiration and the influence of Russian literature I feel as though this book is almost a fairy tale.
So Whistling Wings by Laura Goering
and illustrated by Laura Jacques was one of my favorites!
The author of "Whistling Wings", Laura Goering
, demonstrates affection for the migrating swans as she
brings one young swan to life in language that is comfortable, natural, and easy for parents and educators to read to young children.
The book follows a storyline appropriate to young children, who can identify with the swan "child" who is tired of traveling and doesn't want to leave when his
parents do, sad and frightened when he
finds himself alone, and happy and secure when he
reunites with his