Seabird, Paperback   -     By: Holling Clancy Holling
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Seabird, Paperback

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1978 / Paperback

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Ezra Brown, a fourteen-year-old ship's boy, was standing watch in the crow's nest during a snowstorm when he first saw the white seabird. Suddenly she flew straight upward, and Ezra quickly realized that his whaling ship was heading straight for an iceberg! The ship was saved, and later, from two Walrus tusks he'd traded with an Eskimo for, Ezra carved Seabird. He set her on a limber piece of baleen so the bird could hover in the air around him as he completed his chores on the ship.

Seabird became the mascot for four generations of seafarers: aboard a whaler, a clipper ship, a steamship, and finally an airplane. The story takes a unique look at America's seafaring history through the eyes of a carved bird and her special owners. It is full of beautiful, full-page paintings as well as fascinating and informative black-and-white drawings that ring the text. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. A 1949 Newbery Honor book.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1978
Dimensions: 11.25 X 9 (inches)
ISBN: 0395266815
ISBN-13: 9780395266816
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 8-12

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Publisher's Description

The history of America at sea is presented through the travels of Seabird, a carved ivory gull.

Author Bio

Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

"The subject takes the reader over the globe and provides room for imagination to aid history in vitalizing the period. The beauty of the illustrations gives the book distinction." Horn Book

"The subject takes the reader over the globe and provides room for imagination to aid history in vitalizing the period. The beauty of the illustrations gives the book distinction." Horn Book Guide

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    January 2, 2009
    Hannah
    I found this book boring and uninteresting. They lack the story plot and had very little to substantiate them. The pictures are okay, while the text is extremely lacking.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 31, 2008
    Connie Tiscareno
    You will not be disappointed if you order any of the five Holling books from CBD- the best place to buy books online. Their price is the best I've seen anywhere and the books are amazing. Seabird is my favorite. You will learn science, history and geography as you enjoy the story. The illustrations are incredibly beautiful! Amazing details and drawings in the margins are as educational and entertaining as the main text. Every family should have these in their home library- a must for nature lovers and sea-goers!
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