Swan in Love by Eve Bunting

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Dora was a boat shaped like a swan.

Swan loved her.

"Doesn't he know she's different?" the other swans on the lake mutter to each other. Swan knows, but he knows that differences mean nothing to love. The frogs croak their disapproval and the fishes whisper it from below. Swan listens politely, but he knows love is never wrong. Even as the winters get longer and Dora's once sparkling paint begins to crack and peel, faithful Swan stays with her, certain that they must always be together.

Eve Bunting's deeply resonant text and Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen's resplendent illustrations combine with shimmering grace to tell a story of the transforming power of love.


About Eve Bunting

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Eve Bunting is a prolific and popular author of many books for children, from picture books through middle grade fiction, including Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, which won the 1995 Caldecott Medal. Of this book, she writes, "I am enchanted by love stories. When I heard about a swan that constantly followed a swan boat on the lake, I couldn't resist. The outcome was Swan in Love." Originally from Ireland, Ms. Bunting makes her home in Pasadena, California.
Published April 1, 2000 by Atheneum. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Bunting (A Picnic in October, 1999, etc.) pens a sweet story about a swan in love with the wooden swan figurehead on a little boat.

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Bunting (Smoky Night) seems to look toward Hans Christian Andersen with this oblique--if not to say weird--allegory about a swan enamored of a swan-shaped boat.

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