Saving the Whooping Crane

From the Series On My Own Science

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Whooping cranes once lived all over North America. But by the 1940s, only one tiny flock was left. These beautiful birds were in danger of dying out. Scientists decided to start a second flock of whooping cranes, but they had a serious problem to overcome. Whooping cranes need to migrate. They live up north in summer, then fly south to spend winter in warmer locations. Usually young cranes follow older cranes when they migrate. How would the scientists teach the new flock where to go?

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Science
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2007-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.0
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
Dewey 598.3
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 580
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 114149
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Maps, Original artwork, Pronunciation guide, and Reviewed


  • Science Books & Films Best Books, Winner, 2008



“It is refreshing to read a beginning animal story that is not fictional and yet is still interesting.”

School Library Journal

“This is an incredible story of hardship, perseverance, loss, and triumph.”
School Library Journal

Science Books & Films

“This exciting story for young readers is made all the more engaging by the trials and tribulations of the whoopers and the caring and devoted scientists who managed the early lives of these magnificent birds. Children’s librarians would do well to add the book to their collections for young readers.”
Science Books & Films

Illustrator: Phyllis V. Saroff

Phyllis Saroff is a freelance illustrator located in Annapolis, Maryland. Her illustrations have been used in books and magazines for children, and her scientific illustrations appear on displays in wildlife management areas across the country. Phyllis also paints fine art and portraiture. She is represented by McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.