Those of the Grey Wind
From Fiction to the Crane Haven--Rowe Sanctuary, NE
Turning Stories to Memories
Non-Fiction: Johnsgard uses true facts, but still manages to keep a plot. He explains to readers about the migration route of the cranes: from Mexico to Alaska, with a quick stop in Nebraska. Also, he describes why the cranes need the Platte River; to fuel up for their long journey north. They eat leftover corn in the nearby fields, along with snails. The pictures in the book show that cranes travel together in families.
The female lays 2 eggs and takes turns with the male incubating them.
The young cranes choose mates by dancing, and sounding one of their 8 calls.
The summer route to Alaska marks the end of the crane's trip.