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Children's LiteratureDell explores the significance of the bald eagle to the United States in this book from the "Let's See" series. After describing the bird, including the origin of the term "bald," Dell explains how the bald eagle became the national bird. The various places that the bald eagle appears as a symbol are listed, including the Great Seal, various currency, and flags. Ben Franklin's opposition to the bald eagle as the national bird (he favored the turkey instead) is also explained. The endangerment of bald eagles is also explained, along with steps that have been taken to avoid its extinction. A glossary, a "Did You Know?" section, and a list of references round out this excellent source on bald eagles. Numerous photographs and reproductions of paintings add visual interest for the younger child. 2004, Compass Point, Ages 7 up.
— Amie Rose Rotruck