Last of the Curlews
|Publisher||McClelland & Stewart|
|Media type||Print (hard and paperback)|
The story follows the bird throughout a year during its migration to South America and return to the Canadian Arctic in search of a mate. Although somewhat anthropomorphic in parts, the book paints a realistic and detailed picture of this bird's life and behaviour.
The book may have been somewhat premature in that there were confirmed sightings of this bird in 1963 and there were a number of unconfirmed sightings after that date. However, this bird may now be extinct.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
The book was made into an animated film by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The English original version was narrated by Ross Martin, who became famous as the Artemus Gordon character in the original version of The Wild Wild West. This film was first shown in October 1972 as the very first ABC Afterschool Special. It was given an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming in 1973.
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