Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly

Children - Animals
20 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2015
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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 level. 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.

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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly by Barbara Renner is a cute educational book about how things move around. Lonnie is a curious Loon who wants to learn how to fly. He asks his mother how different things such as clouds and rivers move.

Barbara Renner may have written a children’s book but she has educated me on loons. In Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly, I learned that a loon’s plumage turns gray in the winter. This was just one of the many facts that Renner added to the bottom of her pages. I read this book with my child and she was able to read most of it by herself. She loves birds so this was the perfect book for her. She loved it when Lonnie tried to make himself into different shapes like a cloud or when he pretended to be a river. I personally adored the line, “Everyone carries seeds when they talk to each other.” People really do carry seeds when they talk to each other; I have never thought of it like this.

Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly is the perfect book to read in a classroom. The kids would have a blast imitating the same things Lonnie does. I recommend this book to all teachers that teach young grades. Renner also has one other Lonnie the Loon book that I have yet to read, named Lonnie the Loon Finds His Home. I imagine that it would be a fun read just like this one.


Lonnie the Loon is a terrific read for young children. I bought it for my grandchildren, ages 3 and nearly 6, and they really enjoyed it. They are from California and visiting us in Minnesota and liked learning about loons I would recommend this book!