Challenger: America's Favorite Eagle

Challenger: America's Favorite Eagle

by Margot Theis Raven, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
     
 

Challenger is an American bald eagle raised by humans after failed attempts to release him into the wild. He has become an ambassador who brings attention to the plight of America's national bird.

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Challenger is an American bald eagle raised by humans after failed attempts to release him into the wild. He has become an ambassador who brings attention to the plight of America's national bird.

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Children's Literature
Challenger is the true story of an American bald eaglet whose nest is blown from a tall old pine in a Louisiana woods after a great storm. As his parents watch nervously, the eaglet is scooped from the fallen nest by a fisherman. The eaglet is soon dependent on the bits of fish the fisherman and his family drop into his hungry mouth. The fisherman eventually gives the eagle to a zoo, hoping he can be returned to the wild. Twice the eagle is set free--and twice he proves that he can't find food without human help. That is when fate steps in, transforming the displaced eagle into a majestic ambassador who helps to halt the extinction of America's bald eagles. Challenger reminds young readers how closely nature is tied to the actions of humans. And the author shares the message that a single person--and bird--can accomplish great things if they passionately strum the heartstrings of people who love beauty and nature. Wrapped in the arms of love, hope, and generosity, this tale soars, as do the illustrations. 2005, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A fallen nest puts an eaglet into human hands, leaving him permanently imprinted and unable to fend for himself in the wild. A home at the American Eagle Foundation and instruction in falconry skills by its staff result in Challenger becoming a trained, free-flying eagle. Raven's somewhat stilted text and van Frankenhuyzen's often dramatic paintings follow the bird and his champion, Al Cecere, to a culminating free-flight before 80,000 people at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Para-Olympics in Atlanta. More than a simple story, this is a fervent plea for the continued protection of the American bald eagle. For further eagle lore, Helen R. Sattler's eye-catching The Book of Eagles (HarperCollins, 1989; o.p.) is a great choice.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585362615
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
11/30/2005
Series:
Sleeping Bear -- True Stories
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,079,863
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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