GOLDEN SOWER nominee Have you Seen Mary? is a fictional account of one sandhill crane's faithful search during migration for his lost mate. Set on Nebraska's Platte River, Kurrus weaves a tender story of love while also teaching us about these majestic birds. Written by Jeff Kurrus with photographic images by the award-winning Michael Forsberg, this book will appeal to all ages for its ability to entertain as well as educate readers about sandhill cranes. Books purchased through Michael Forsberg Gallery are signed by Mike and Jeff.
44 pages, 40 color photographs. $16.99 hardcover.
"No one has photographed sandhill cranes as thoroughly or as well as Michael Forsberg. Here, author Jeff Kurrus cleverly weaves a story around these images, luring readers young and old into one of nature’s great spectacles."
- DAVID BRISTOW, Author of Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era and editor of Nebraska History Magazine
"Jeff Kurrus’s words and Michael Forsberg’s photographs are teamed here to bring us a remarkable story from the natural world they both cherish. The result is an elegant, touching and inspiring book to help reconnect our children to nature, and not a moment too late. May there be many more like this to come."
- JOEL SARTORE, Author, Conservationist, and Contributing Photographer for National Geographic Magazine
"Have You Seen Mary? is an appealing children’s story that blends in a good deal of crane natural history, liberally sprinkled with Mike Forsberg’s spectacular photographs of sandhill cranes and their Great Plains wetlands habitats."
- PAUL JOHNSGARD, Foundation Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
"Have You Seen Mary? is a beautiful and sweet story that will teach kids about these majestic birds without letting them know they’re learning. A wonderful job both on the layout and image choices."
- KAREN McDIARMID, Art Director, Stranger in the Woods series