DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN STORK by Jack Denton Scott

DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN STORK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

While his famous European cousins are dying out, the American stork's inconspicuous ways have helped to insure his survival. Ozzie Sweet's photographs show the birds--known until recently as the wood ibis--in their nesting ground at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Florida, while Jack Scott gives a detailed report on the preserve's threatened future and the stork's humble existence (including such singular, if unattractive, adaptations as excreting on his feet to keep his body temperature down) Since this team's investigation of The Loggerhead Turtle (1974) Scott seems to have lost interest in keeping his vocabulary to a level easily manageable by grade school students. Still, his up-to-date report on the stork's prospects and digest of Kahl's research on their habits is valuable, and the intimacy of fine documentary photographs should hold readers through the text's difficult spots. In all, a worthy if less graceful companion to That Wonderful Pelican (1975).

Pub Date: April 2nd, 1976
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich