Little Loon by Fran Hodgkins

Little Loon

Written by Fran Hodgkins
Illustrated by Karel Hayes


Little Loon by Fran Hodgkins

Little Loon traces the birth and first summer of a loon chick on a New England lake, ending with the loon's migration for the winter. Readers follow along as the baby loon grows and discovers the world around her. Along the way, they'll learn that loons are so perfectly adapted to life in the water that it's very difficult for them to walk on land. They only come out of the water to lay eggs, so their nests are built are very close to shore and are very susceptible to flooding in heavy rains. Readers will also discover that the biggest threats to loons come from people-boats, pollution, and fishing tackle. Lavishly illustrated in full color, the book closes with a page of pertinent loon facts and ways for children to help protect this beloved waterfowl.


Little Loon is the story about a loon and her first summer on the lake, and also teaches loon facts...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. San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

Fran Hodgkins is the author of numerous children's books, including Andre the Famous Harbor Seal and How People Learned to Fly. She lives in Rockport, Maine. Karel Hayes is the best-selling illustrator of the Visitors series, which includes The Winter Visitors, The Summer Visitors, The Christmas Visitors, and the forthcoming The Autumn Visitors (Sept. 2015). She lives in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.

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32 pages


Fran Hodgkins
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Down East Books,U.S. an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield

Publication date

7th August 2015



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