Lonnie the Loon Learns to Call

Children - Animals
26 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2015
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Author Biography

Barbara Renner was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has traveled extensively, but enjoys her winter home in Arizona and summer home in Minnesota. She was inspired to write her 'Lonnie the Loon' picture books while fishing in the lake country of Northern Minnesota. A retired teacher, Barbara has taught a variety of subjects to students from middle school through post secondary. She currently is an adjunct instructor at the community college. Barbara is pursuing her career as an author by writing picture books for children, blogging humorous life stories for adults, and submitting articles to newsletters, journals, and magazines.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Fond memories of visits to the lake, and summers spent at a cottage are sure to conjure memories of the impressive call of the loon. These large birds live on or near lakes and marshes and their distinctive bird calls help them communicate with other loons. All of this information and more makes for an interesting theme in Lonnie the Loon Learns to Call, a children's picture book by Barbara Renner.

Lonnie is a young loon, learning all about his surroundings. He hears honking and learns that it is a goose calling for his mate. He hears quacking and learns that it's a duck calling to her ducklings. He impresses his mother with his ability to distinguish between the sounds and she decides that it is time for Lonnie's father to teach him the calls of the loon. "Lonnie," his father begins, "Our loon family makes four different sounds." He proceeds to demonstrate the four sounds and explains the purpose for each call: protection, a boat is approaching, an eagle is flying over their nest, or just having fun. Lonnie listens to each call and the reader can too, as there is an app for each call. Lonnie is a good listener. He learns quickly. When his father is finished, he practices the loon calls, showing particular pride in his "Oooo-Waaa-Oo" call.

There is a story behind every lesson to be learned. Lonnie learned his calls through his father's demonstrations and explanations. Young readers learn about all aspects of life through reading and listening, to following a good story. Barbara Renner has written just that: a good story. The book is colorfully illustrated, the illustrations themselves telling a story about the loons. There are side bars to provide basic facts about loons. The added apps to allow the young reader to actually hear the loon calls being described in the story is a real bonus. This is a delightful story for young readers that educates as well as entertains.


This is my favorite of the 3 Lonny the Loon books by Barbara Renner, but I love all three. In this book you can use your smart phone to download an ap that lets you listen to the loon calls. Such a terrific idea! Kids will love this and likely try to emulate these wonderful bird sounds.