Eagle Boy: A Pacific Northwest Native Tale

Eagle Boy: A Pacific Northwest Native Tale

by Richard Lee Vaughan, Lee Christiansen
     
 

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Based on a popular Northwest coast tale, Eagle Boy is the story of a young orphan whose love of eagles has made him an outcast from his tribe, which distrusts the birds. One year, the tribe has trouble finding enough food and must leave its land. With space in the boats at a premium, Eagle Boy is left behind. His beloved eagles save him from starvation, but

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Based on a popular Northwest coast tale, Eagle Boy is the story of a young orphan whose love of eagles has made him an outcast from his tribe, which distrusts the birds. One year, the tribe has trouble finding enough food and must leave its land. With space in the boats at a premium, Eagle Boy is left behind. His beloved eagles save him from starvation, but can he convince them to help the rest of his tribe? Colorful, richly detailed illustrations highlight this story of eagles, individualism, and Pacific Northwest Native life.

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"Beautifully illustrated with colorful drawings that fill each double-page spread, this tale about trust and forgiveness will be easily understood and enjoyed by young listeners." —BookList "A moving story about empowerment and forgiveness … the a
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-Although most of the people in his village do not like eagles because they steal fish, a young orphan admires these great birds and always shares his catch with them, earning him the name Eagle Boy. Winter approaches and fishing becomes more difficult. In the hope of finding more food, the chief decides to move the village. The people board their canoes and leave Eagle Boy behind, telling him that there is no room for him. He is able to survive through the help of the eagles, and he honors them. Through his feathered friends, Eagle Boy sends dried fish to the chief's youngest daughter, who had befriended him despite the cruelty of her tribe. He is able to forgive the others and eventually rescues the starving people. "From that day on, the people of the Pacific Northwest coast and the eagles lived and hunted in harmony." Lavish double-page paintings evoke a sense of place and capture the majesty of these beautiful birds. In a brief note, the author states that several Pacific Coast Native groups-the Quinault, Makah, Haida, and Tlingit-have versions of this story. Unfortunately, no specific sources are cited. That aside, Eagle Boy is a satisfying, richly illustrated tale.-Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570615924
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.93(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Lee Vaughan is an accomplished singer/songwriter and the author of more than 20 books for children. He lives on Vashon Island, WA. Illustrator of three other children’s books, Lee Christiansen lives in Red Lodge, MT.

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