Title: The Boy Who Flew With Eages | Author: Ben Woodard | Illustrator: Laura Leikona | Publication Date: November 3, 2011 | Publisher: Miller-Martin Press | Pages: 102 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: An action adventure story of a boy challenged to save a family of eagles or become their meal. With famine looming for animals and humans, the boy works to feed the eagles and learns their wisdom. As a reward for his help, he asks the eagles to teach him to fly. The book depicts his struggle, both mentally and physically, to fly and convince his people that fewer salmon each year are due to their actions. The story combines myth, environmental awareness and the concept of working together. Action and adventure in a short middle grade novel with illustrations.
My Apology to the Author: I have to begin this review with an apology to the author, who sent me a review copy a looooong time ago at a time when I was absolutely overwhelmed with requests to review. This review is long overdue and I am very sorry for that.
My Quick Thoughts: The Boy Who Flew With Eagles is a wonderful story which uses traditional story-telling and which is steeped in Native American folklore. This is a fast-past, action-filled story featuring solid character development and important underlying messages about caring for the environment and having empathy for all other living creatures. Additionally, the simple yet effective illustrations by Laura Leikona add to the mystical feel of the story. The Boy Who Flew With Eagles would be a great choice for a reluctant reader (boys especially) and I also feel that it would work particularly well as a read-aloud book in a classroom or in a library reading circle.
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. *
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