The Swan's Gift by Brenda Seabrooke

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When a farmer, hunting food for his starving family, cannot bring himself to kill a beautiful swan, the magical bird rewards his kindness in an enchanting way.

About Brenda Seabrooke

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Brenda Seabrooke's most recent book, "Cemetery Street" (Holiday House), was a nominee for the Edgar Award and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award for best young adult book. She lives on an island in Englewood, Florida. Visit her website at
Published January 1, 1995 by Walker Books Ltd. 25 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Seabrooke (The Bridges of Summer, 1992, etc.) gives the narrative a formal tone in this sentimental tale about the farmer, Anton, who turns to hunting to provide for his starving family and can't find anything to shoot.

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When he goes out hunting one cold night, he finds ""a swan of such dazzling beauty that Anton could not look away."" He decides that he cannot possibly kill this magnificent creature for food, no matter how desperate his family's plight, and the swan then circles above him, releasing drops of wat...

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