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"...and the sky blackened with dark, gray bodies. In the blurry confusion, John lost Mary." So begins Have You Seen Mary?, a fictional account of one sandhill crane's faithful search during spring migration for his lost mate. Set on Nebraska's Platte River, Jeff Kurrus weaves a tender story of love while also teaching us about these majestic birds. Supported with wondrous color photographs taken by Michael Forsberg, this paperback book will appeal to all ages for its ability to entertain as well as educate readers about sandhill cranes.

No one has photographed sandhill cranes as thoroughly or as well as Michael Forsberg. Here, author Jeff Kurrus cleverly weaves a story around these images, luring readers young and old into one of nature’s great spectacles.”— by David Bristow, author of Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era and editor of Nebraska History magazine

 

Have You Seen Mary? is an enchanting love song to Plains wildness, and its fragile, magnificent migrations of feather and heart. It will appeal to both children and adults, taking us all on an unforgettable journey of joy, knowledge, and hope. A beautiful book.”— by John T. Price, author of Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships

 

 

“Jeff Kurrus’s words and Michael Forsberg’s photographs are teamed here to bring us a remarkable story from the natural world they both cherish. The result is an elegant, touching, and inspiring book to help reconnect our children to nature, and not a moment too late. May there be many more like this to come.”— by Joel Sartore, author, conservationist, and contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine

 

 

 

 

Have You Seen Mary? is an appealing children’s story by Jeff Kurrus that blends sandhill crane natural history with Mike Forsberg’s spectacular photographs of cranes and their Great Plains wetlands habitats.”— by Paul Johnsgard, Foundation Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and author of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes

 

 

JEFF KURRUS is the associate editor of NEBRASKAland magazine, an award-winning wildlife publication. He lives in Gretna, Nebraska, with his wife, Laura, and two-year-old daughter Madeline.

MICHAEL FORSBERG is an internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer. He is the author and photographer of On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America and coauthor of Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Patty, and their two daughters, Elsa and Emme.

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