In his lush Florida wetland, Ethan Egret misses something—a family. Ethan learns to dance and sprouts elegant plumage to attract a mate, Emily. They nest and raise two chicks, the adventuresome Chloe and inquisitive Joshua. Chloe doesn’t do as she is told, and daddy Ethan must rescue her and explain that some neighbors are not to be trusted. “Stay away from Mr. Alligator.”
Most pages contain facts about Great White Egrets and Tips for Photographing Wild Birds.
Linda Jump, photojournalist, is also the best selling author of the book of church bloopers, The Lighting of the Acolyte. Linda is an Empire State College graduate with an M.A. in Culture and Policy Studies. Her career as a photographer and reporter spans three decades with news presses in New York and Florida. Linda’s photographs and bylines have appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers such as USA TODAY and FLORIDA TODAY, and online news sources including the Associated Press.
Linda and her extended family, live in Palm Bay, Florida. She is a wife and fun-loving grandmother of two who is active in church and nature groups, and makes time weekly to visit theme parks.
As an accomplished nature photographer, her limited-edition photographs are in demand. Linda’s first children’s book Ethan Egret’s Family Album was released November 1, 2010. She also is the author of From Memories to Memoirs Using the Jump Start Method by Linda Jump.
She facilitates “Writing Your Life” classes for the Shepherd’s Center of South Brevard, Florida. The class encourages elder students to write their memoirs.
She has also ghostwritten two biographies.
- Louis DeMouy, formerly with the Montgomery Bird Club and Maryland Ornithological Society, said: Ethan Egret’s Family Album is a charming book that will entertain and teach both child and parent about the early family life of one of America’s most elegant and loved birds. The words and stunning photographs complement each other and offer fascinating details for everyone. I look forward to many readings of Ethan Egret’s Family Album to my grandchildren.
Tim Williams, Alligator Wrestler and former Director of Media Productions at Gatorland Orlando said: Ethan Egret’s Family Album is a book that young readers and their parents alike can enjoy and learn from. I particularly found the photos and descriptions of the ways the parents feed their young something that many youngsters are not aware of and probably have never seen.
For all who care about our wildlife and environment, Ethan Egret’s Family Album spotlights the complicated life and the struggles that these marvelous birds deal with every day.
The fact that you shot so many beautiful images of the Great Egrets to chronicle their courtship, nest building, egg laying and raising of their young is fascinating.
Thank you from all of us who dearly love our outdoors.
- Carolyn G. Hamilton, Educator (ret.) said: Ethan Egret’s Family Album is a pure joy, nature at its best. I especially liked Linda Jump’s sequence of capturing the egret’s life and then writing the story. I would read it to my first graders.
- Marie E. Roman, Author and Educator (ret.) said: This story of Ethan and Emily Egret’s family journey is enjoyable, well-researched and written; a story that is filled with biological facts and an essential lesson on emotional and practical parenting. This engaging story should prove to become a staple nature classic. All ages can read, learn and enjoy.
- Ed von Koenigseck of West Melbourne, FL, Technical Writer for Private Industry said: Ethan Egret’s Family Album is wonderfully depicted–a children’s avian adventure story as lived by a typical family of Great Egrets. The painstaking time devoted by the photographer-author Linda Jump to photograph and describe the lives of these birds from birth to flight defines the author’s devotion to authenticity and appreciation of a child’s viewpoint. Truly a marvelous read for everyone, including those 5 to 10 year olds who love nature, and for whom the author undertook this lovely task.
- Anne Mack said: A charming easy-reader with photos and fast facts about the life cycle of the Great Egret.
- Joshua Hall, then age 7 grandson of the author, said: I didn’t want to be a bird in your book. I want to be a shark. How come Chloe gets to ride on an alligator?
- Chloe Pianka, then age 5, said: Your book is awesome. I love the pictures. Read it again!
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