When a migrating stork gets tangled in a net in the fish ponds on Maya’s kibbutz, Maya wonders what to do. Can she and her father find a way to nurse it back to health and send it back into the wild? Set in Israel, one of the bird capitals of the world with the highest number of migrating birds anywhere, this story brings the beauty of nature in Israel to life and highlights an unusual part of Israeli life―the kibbutz.
About the Author
Born in the United States, Tami Lehman-Wilzig now lives in Israel. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and an M.A. in Communications from Boston University. She is one of Israel's leading English language copywriters. Her children's books include Tasty Bible Stories, Keeping the Promise, Passover Around the World, Hanukkah Around the World and Zvuvi’s Israel. She lives in Kfar Saba, Israel.
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By Tami Lehman-Wilzig, Anna Shuttlewood
Kar-Ben PublishingCopyright © 2014 Tami Lehman-Wilzig
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Maya hears the sound of flapping wings. It's spring on the kibbutz. A large flock of white storks flies over head, making its way from Africa to Europe, where they will spend the summer. May a knows the storks will land on the kibbutz to rest. They always do.
Maya starts running. She hopes that Abba and the other fish farmers have covered the ponds with nets to protect the fish.
One of the storks circles, looking hungrily for her next meal.
As the bird tries to land, her long, graceful legs get caught in the net. She tries to set herself free, but can't. Scared, she flaps her wings until c-r-a-c-k, one wing breaks. Sad and hurt, the stork lowers her head just as Maya reaches the pond.
Maya takes out her walkie-talkie. "S-O-S. Stork in net," she radios her father. "I'm on my way," he signals back.
When Abba arrives, he gently lifts the injured stork. "Looks like the vet will have to operate." But the broken wing cannot be fixed.
"We have to take care of her," Maya insists. "She is so beautiful, and now she can't move."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Maya is enjoying a lovely spring day on the kibbutz when she looks up and sees a flock of beautiful white storks fly through the sky. Knowing that the birds like to rest at the kibbutz, Maya realizes that the fish farmers may have covered the nearby ponds with nets to protect the fish from the hungry birds. But when one of the storks lands and gets caught in one of the nets, Maya has to act quickly to save the bird's life. Maya knows just what to do when she sees the stork struggling in the fisherman's net. Unfortunately, it looks like the bird's wing is broken. Maya pulls out her walkie-talkie and calls her father. When Abba, her father, arrives he gently picks up the bird and decides the vet must be called. Unfortunately, the bird's broken wing can't be fixed. What will happen to the beautiful stork? Stork's Landing is an engaging story about a young girl and her efforts to help a wild stork. In addition to learning about the wildlife in Israel, children will also learn about life on a kibbutz and how everybody chips in to help each other. Through Maya, young readers will see the importance of caring for all animals. Quill says: A sweet story about a young girl who cares for a hurt bird, along with the help of her father and other members of their kibbutz.