Jiang, Ji-li Lotus & Feather, illustrated by Julie Downing. PICTUREBOOK. Disney (Hyperion), 2016. $17.99.
Lotus and her grandfather live by a lake. One morning, she hears a loud gunshot and finds a beautiful cranes has been shot. She carefully carries it home where she and her grandfather care for the injured bird. As the crane slowly heals, he develops a relationship with the young girl, following her to school and dancing when she plays her whistle. Eventually, though, the fully recovered crane must return to the wild. But the next spring, the crane returns and saves the village.
Based on a true story, this is a beautifully illustrated, well-written picture book about respecting nature. A great introduction to conservation and being responsible for your community and it's wild spaces.
EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian