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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher
The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Parachutes by Kelly Yang
Restaurant to Another World Volume 1 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami
River of Dreams by Jan Nash
Sandhill Cranes by Lynn M. Stone
School-Tripped by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Shot in the Dark by Cleo Coyle
Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates and Amy Rubinate
Still Life by Louise Penny
Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper
Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail
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Sandhill Cranes: 09/27/20

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes by Lynn M. Stone is a nonfiction children's picture book. While I couldn't plan another summer camp due to COVID, I needed a quick intro to this specific bird species. As I've said before picture books are great distillers of information.

In mid December I was commissioned to paint sandhill cranes. I've only seen a sandhill crane once and my five photos were crap. I needed to quickly learn about them and their personalities so I could wisely chose public domain photographs for references.

This book covers the basics. Where the birds live. Where they migrate to. Where they breed. What their nests are like. How many eggs. How long it takes to reach adulthood. What courtship is like.

Basically the book had what I needed. If anything I wished it were a little longer. I did however get two important facts that the reference photos weren't showing: the birds are primarily gray and their red heads are bare skin.

Four stars

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