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Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-03 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings
ISBN:0152928537
LANGUAGE:English

" One of the best nature themed books I've read. Cherry does an excellent job of addressing the issue of habitat loss without coming off preachy. " said.

" One of my favorite picture books. " said.

" Wonderful! Prompted many questions from my kids about the state of woodlands and ponds and other bodies of water in the US. " said.

" Beautiful illustrations. Lyrical prose. An environmentalist message. A book that birding club should make available for school libraries. " said.

" I thought this was a really good book to read to children. It talks about all the natural and man-made events that can happen to a bird in a year's cycle of life. Teaches them to consider the effects of their actions beyond what meets the eye. " said.

" Beautiful, beautiful illustrations. A bit heavy-handed with the environmental message for my taste but otherwise enjoyable. This book is research for me for a future novel and several lines also opened up new avenues of thought as I compare my character's journey to the migration of a thrush. So definitely worth reading. " said.

"I'm still amazed by the fact that birds are able to migrate thousands of miles each year.

This is an educational story about migration, as well as preservation. It reinforces the importance of preserving habitats for birds as well as other animals.

After reading this book, it would be a great opportunity to teach children about the Rain Forest referenced in the story - the Eternal Forest of the Children - http://www.acmcr.org/rain_forest.htm
Perhaps, the family could even do a fundraiser for the cause?


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"When I began writing Flute's Journey, I was going to put Flute in the woods at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center where I was then artist-in-residence. However, an ornithologist friend said, "put Flute in the Belt Woods!" "What's the Belt woods?" I asked. She told me it was a forest that had been owned by Seton Belt and he had willed it to a church if they agreed to never cut the trees or sell the land. But after he died, the church had the will overturned and put the land up for sale to a developer for $9 million. It's a long story, but many children wrote letters to the bishop of the church asking that they respect Seton Belt's wishes and save the land. And, I'm convinced, that it was their letters that saved Flute's home, the Belt woods. Their letters, like the following one, came from the heart: "Seton Belt trusted you. How can you go against him?" Our campaign to save the woods was covered by CBS Morning News with Charles Osgood and they mentioned Flute's Journey and the children's letters. They asked me what kids could do. I said, "they can write to the church." And so many more letters were sent. Now Belt Woods is preserved forever. Children helped to save Flute's home and children, in many ways, can make a difference in the world. Lynne Cherry" said.

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