About “Can You Dance Like John?”


The photo fiction sequel to Golden Sower Award finalist Have You Seen Mary?Can You Dance Like John? tells a story of a sandhill crane named Mary as she deals with love and loss on the Platte River in Nebraska. The book, from the University of Nebraska Press and Bison Books, will debut in 2018. Pre-order information coming soon!

Advanced Praise

 Can You Dance Like John? is a lovely tale, and a great teaching tool that’s both poignant and optimistic. Illustrated lavishly by the photographs of Michael Forsberg, the pages speak to the dangers of being a modern day migrating bird, but also to the inner workings and wonders of the most magnificent migration spectacle in North America.”

Joel Sartore, Author, Conservationist, and founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark

“Jeff Kurrus’ Can You Dance Like John? is refreshingly honest as it gently traverses the emotions of love, loss and moving on. Alongside Michael Forsberg’s stunning sandhill crane photography, this is an eternal human story beautifully translated for little ears.”

Mark Harris, Author of Rodeo Nebraska

“Can You Dance Like John? is an emotionally moving and visually stunning tribute to Plains wildlife. It is also a universal story of loss and renewal, offering much-needed encouragement to those seeking to rejoin the miraculous dance of life.”

John T. Price, author of Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father

“This is a wonderful book full of striking photographs and a text grounded in a naturalist’s knowledge and love of cranes. Can You Dance Like John? also carries an important message of hope, promising we can survive and find a new normal after even our deepest griefs.”

Margaret Lukas, Author of Farthest House