“The Little Looney Tales – Hatched” is written by two authors, Lizzie and Jack. Lizzie resides “Up North” on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Jack lives on the Monterey Coast in California. This is the first book the two authors wrote together and they both share a love and passion for loons. The beautiful illustrations for the book are the work of B.T. Bonnell, a graphic artist who lives in Minneapolis.
When Gabe, a baby loon is born, he plays in the crystal blue waters all day while his parents watch him and protect him from harmful creatures that lurk beneath the surface. Gabe loves his life and enjoys spinning in circles and being the center of his parent’s attention. That is until his baby sister Fluffy is born. Gabe’s parents are now busy tending to little Fluffy because she isn’t strong enough to hold her head up yet. The brother loon is very “fowl” to his little sister and doesn’t miss an opportunity to push her off her parent’s backs. He teases her and pushes her away. After a while, the two siblings tolerate each other. Suddenly, Gabe sees a predator and yells. A snapping turtle almost gets Fluffy’s foot! After the day’s fiasco Gabe realizes that family is important and decides to love his sister.
I thought the story was really cute and I think kids with younger siblings will relate to Gabe’s feelings toward Fluffy. The vivid illustrations of the loons are beautiful and very true to life. This book reminds me of being at our cottage in northern Wisconsin where we sit on the screen porch listening to loons talk to each other. This sweet story will be a nice addition to the collection of loon books that my grandma reads to the little ones before bed.
The Little Loony Tales: Hatched
By Lizzie Jack
Illustrated by B.T. Bonnell