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Bird Lake Moon

by Kevin Henkes

Bird Lake Moon
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2008, 192 pages
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    Mar 2010, 192 pages

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Preventing Drowning
In Bird Lake Moon, the tragic drowning of Spencer's four-year-old brother haunts his family during their return visit to Bird Lake. As we approach the summer months, it is wise to ponder the following tragic statistics presented by the Orange County Fire Authority:

"Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to children ages 14 and under. A temporary lapse in supervision is a common factor in most drownings and near-drownings. Child drownings can happen in a matter of seconds - in the time it takes to answer the phone. There is often no splashing to warn of trouble. . . "

Even more sobering are the following facts about how and when drownings occur:

  • Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning.
  • Of all preschoolers who drown, 75% are missing from sight for five minutes or less.
  • Two-thirds of all drownings happen between May and ...

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