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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Bob Crane flies to Columbia National Refuge in Washington State every year, along with six thousand other cranes. Families who live in Othello have a Sandhill Crane Festival to celebrate their arrival. Many spectators visit the area to view the amazing sight. This year was different for Bob, as his mate, Babette, had to stay behind in Nebraska to care for their small fledgling. He told her to look for the wishing star every night as it has magical powers. Barry, a fairy god bird, appeared to Bob and granted him three wishes. Bob had a strong desire to help other birds, and his wishes came true. In the beautiful book, The Magical Journey of Bob Crane, author Karen Nicksich describes this lovely crane event, giving insight into the animal world.
This book is rich in opportunities for parents to teach their children many important life lessons. There is an appreciation for the beauty of cranes, other birds, and many animals; the wonders of the natural world; the power of magic and imagination; the importance of community among various species; expression of gratitude; the list goes on. The illustrations by Pam Sharp are delightful, capturing a child’s (and the adults’) imagination. While parents can read the book to young children, the story will continue to enchant older children when they are able to read it themselves. Author Karen Nicksich has crafted a captivating, adventurous children’s book in The Magical Journey of Bob Crane. It is a book that will be read over and over again.