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Loon Chase Review by Marla G. Nowak

By Jean Heilprin Diehl
Sylvan Dell Publishing
976 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Suite 3
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Loon Chase is the story of summer morning canoeing on Big Island and the adventure that unexpectedly arises. A boy and his mother plan to pick blueberries but get sidetracked when their lively dog notices a loon and her chicks. The loon's protective concern for the chicks creates the suspense for the story. Nature lovers particularly will appreciate this story. The lovely illustrations with woodsy borders give this picture book a New England feel. A strength for this book is that it "grows" with children. Young children will enjoy the simple story. For the older child there are sections such as "Fun Facts" and "Loons in Native American Culture" as well as a pattern and instructions for making a loon mask. My quality-control group were attentive to the story and learned about loons too.

Product review by Marla G. Nowak, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, July 2007