Blend of fact and fiction in this true story of a little Arctic crane left behind when his family migrated south. He was rescued by an Eskimo boy and made into A family et. But when Nuckie's family moved to their winter home, Eben was turned over to Geist with the request that he be taken south on an Alaskan river boat, and eventually he found a home in the Clark's chicken yard. Torn between the comforts of domesticity -- and the lure of the wild cranes, Eben finally throws in his lot with his own. The story serves to introduce the idea of wild bird migration -- of life in the frozen north. Not important but adequate.