The Mute Swan

Author: Mike Birkhead,Christopher M. Perrins
Publisher: Viking Press
ISBN: 9780709932598
Category: Science
Page: 157
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Describes the history, habitat, and range of swans in Britain, explains why there is a decline in their population, and looks at their behavior and life cycle.

The Time of Mute Swans

A Novel
Author: Ece Temelkuran
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1628728167
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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Ankara, the capital city in the heart of Turkey at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, East and West, is a hotspot in the Cold War, torn between communism and conservatism, Western freedoms and traditional ways, with an army fearful of democracy and a government that employs thugs and torture to enforce law and order. In the summer of 1980, tensions are building. Homes of the poor are being burnt down. Armed revolutionaries on college campuses battle right-wings militias in the city's neighborhoods. The lines between good and bad, right and wrong, and beautiful and ugly are blurred by shed blood. Two children, one from a family living in misery and one well-off, form an alliance amid the turmoil. Through their senses, the cityscape unfolds its wonders, its rich smells and colors, as they try to make sense of the events swirling around them. And they hatch a plan. For the first time in generations, mute swans have migrated from Russia to the Black Sea and to a park at the center of Ankara. For the generals, they are an affirmation, and their wings must be broken so they can't fly away. But if the children can save one swan, won't they have saved the freedom of all?

Animal and Man in Bible Lands

Author: Friedrich Simon Bodenheimer
Publisher: Brill Archive
Category: Israel
Page: 232
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"Wild animals must have been a terrible menace to the early settlers, until civilization got rid of them in its holocaust destruction of the natural landscape. Apart from the direct extension of arable land we may mention only the slow but permanent destruction of the forests by man and goat. This early menace found its expression in animal cults and animal totems dominating the life of primitive man in many regions of the world. In the Middle East most of these cults and totems although existent still in many myths and rituals were forgotten with the growth of town cultures and of empires. Domestic animals have been decisive factors in history. The horses of the Hykos invaders and their chariots revolutionised warfare, as did elephants in the period of the Diadoches ... The asses as beasts of burden opened the road to commerce. Beasts of draught put primitive agriculture on a profitable base ... The domestication of the camel enabled the bedawi to pass rapidly with their caravans through the deserts, which were closed before ... Other animals of historical importance were the carriers of diseases and famine ..."--Pg. 7.

The Trumpet of the Swan

Author: E. B. White
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062406809
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 272
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Now available for the first time as an ebook! Illustrations in this ebook appear in vibrant full color on a full-color device and in rich black-and-white on all other devices. This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, is a classic of children's literature that perfectly describes what it's like to march to the beat of your own drummer. Louis is a trumpeter swan, but unlike the rest of his family, he can't make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays no attention to him. But when his father steals him a real brass trumpet, Louis has to find out if it's the key to what he's wanted all along. E. B. White's classic book is a tender novel of overcoming the odds and learning to do things on your own terms. It will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains evocative illustrations by Fred Marcellino, the acclaimed illustrator of Puss in Boots and I, Crocodile, among many other books. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

Daughter of the Forest

Book One of the Sevenwaters Trilogy
Author: Juliet Marillier
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429913461
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Juliet Marillier is a rare talent, a writer who can imbue her characters and her story with such warmth, such heart, that no reader can come away from her work untouched. Daughter of the Forest is a testimony to that talent, a first novel and the beginning of a trilogy like no other: a mixture of history and fantasy, myth and magic, legend and love. Lord Colum of Sevenwaters is blessed with six sons: Liam, a natural leader; Diarmid, with his passion for adventure; twins Cormack and Conor, each with a different calling; rebellious Finbar, grown old before his time by his gift of the Sight; and the young, compassionate Padriac. But it is Sorcha, the seventh child and only daughter, who alone is destined to defend her family and protect her land from the Britons and the clan known as Northwoods. For her father has been bewitched, and her brothers bound by a spell that only Sorcha can lift. To reclaim the lives of her brothers, Sorcha leaves the only safe place she has ever known, and embarks on a journey filled with pain, loss, and terror. When she is kidnapped by enemy forces and taken to a foreign land, it seems that there will be no way for her to break the spell that condemns all that she loves. But magic knows no boundaries, and Sorcha will have to choose between the life she has always known and a love that comes only once. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Our Dumb Animals

Author: George Thorndike Angell
Publisher: N.A
Category: Animal welfare
Page: N.A
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The Swan

A Natural History
Author: Malcolm Schuyl
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781906122409
Category: Nature
Page: 224
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Stunning photographs illustrate our new natural history of the swan, this much-loved creature of beauty and grace.Professional photographer Malcolm Schuyl has studied the swan for decades - observing, researching and photographing it throughout its life-cycle.His lively and inspirational book covers the swan in all its stages:* natural history and behaviour: bathing, preening, moulting, sleeping* breeding and courtship: mating, nesting, incubation, hatching* raising their young* swan domestication and uses throughout history* the swan in literature, myth, music, superstition* swan conservation

The Flight of Swans

Author: Sarah McGuire
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
ISBN: 1541530888
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 448
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Based on the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale Six Swans, The Flight of Swans follows Ryn's journey to save her family and their kingdom. Princess Andaryn's six older brothers have always been her protectors—until her father takes a new Queen, a frightening, mysterious woman who enchants the men in the royal family. When Ryn's attempt to break the enchantment fails, she makes a bargain: the Queen will spare her brothers' lives if Ryn remains silent for six years. Ryn thinks she freed her brothers, but she never thought the Queen would turn her brothers into swans. And she never thought she'd have to undo the Queen's spell alone, without speaking.

Swans: Their Biology and Natural History

Author: Paul Johnsgard
ISBN: 160962081X
Page: 114
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The seven species of swans are an easily and universally recognized group of waterfowl, which have historically played important roles in the folklore, myths and legends in many cultures. Among the largest of all flying birds, they have been used as symbo

The Ugly Duckling

Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Publisher: Scandinavia Publishing House
ISBN: 8771326685
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 47
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Thirty of Hans Christian Andersen's most cherished stories in single volumes Illustrator various artists. Known all over the world, these fairytales hold stories of great value and are a source of inspiration for both young and old.

The Swan Book

A Novel
Author: Alexis Wright
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501124781
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Originally published: Australia: Giramondo, 2013.