This book and toy
set is for ages preschool to second grade. Young children will like cuddling the star
of the story, a loon stuffed animal, while you read them the storybook "Loon At Northwood Lake". The story features a male bird
, called Loon, and his mate who live
for a summer on a sheltered island. The birds arrive from their separate winter homes in the Atlantic Ocean. They hatch two loonlings and must protect them from prey. There is also the subtle threat of people living in a nearby cottage, though the humans respect the birds' need for privacy. the four birds survive the summer and, at season's end, Loon leaves for his winter home. He will reunite with his mate next summer on the same lake, but their now grown loonlings will find other lakes on which to live. Micro book is 32 pages. Smithsonian's Backyard is a world
of wonder for children intrigued by the wildlife outside their windows. These entertaining stories have an educational
message that answers many questions about the habits and habitat of the animals
in their own backyards. Hardcover book is 6 x 4 inches and the toy is approximately 6 inches.