Flying Eagle
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Flying Eagle

by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Deborah Kogan Ray
     
 

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Tired hunter, must succeed.
Baby hungry mouth to feed.
Flying eagle, soaring high.
Blazing sunset, crimson sky.

The sun is setting, and the weary tawny eagle continues to soar and search over the vast Serengeti Plain. He has been hunting all day, and he will not stop until he finds food for his young chick. As the sky darkens and nighttime approaches,

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Tired hunter, must succeed.
Baby hungry mouth to feed.
Flying eagle, soaring high.
Blazing sunset, crimson sky.

The sun is setting, and the weary tawny eagle continues to soar and search over the vast Serengeti Plain. He has been hunting all day, and he will not stop until he finds food for his young chick. As the sky darkens and nighttime approaches, predators and prey emerge on the land below. Hippos lounge, cobras slither, lions prowl, zebras gallop, rhinos graze, dik-diks scurry—and still the eagle searches.

Poetic text and stunning illustrations depict a father tawny eagle on his evening flight. Back matter provides additional information about the tawny eagle and the Serengeti Plain. FLYING EAGLE is an intriguing introduction to the African landscape of the Serengeti, which is rich in wildlife but in danger of being damaged by poachers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Father eagle must feed his baby. He hunts and hunts and hunts until he is very tired; however, he cannot stop until he has found food or his baby will die. As father soars across the African sky, readers will see beautiful illustrated pictures of the gorgeous sunset, hippos, crocodiles, lions, zebras, and even a cobra! The anxious father encounters many animals, but not one is his prey. As he keeps searching for food, he has to dodge a hunter's bow and fight against the darkening sky. Finally, he is able to spy a bird that he can call dinner. He is relieved to carry his prey home to the hungry baby. This simple, yet wonderful book shows the interesting hunt of the eagle. More information about the majestic eagle is included in the back of the book. In addition, there are details about the Serengeti National Park in Africa and other resources to find out more about eagles and other wildlife. This educational book would be excellent in a science classroom. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

"Scanning, seeking,/east and west./Hunt continues,/cannot rest." Terse poetic lines sketch the hunting efforts of an African tawny eagle as he nears the end of a tiring day. Needing food for his hungry chick, he encounters hippos and crocodiles, a cobra and dik-diks, zebras, kudu, and more before he has a close call with the arrow of a poacher. As night falls, a weaver bird finally loses the battle and becomes supper for the chirping baby. Reflecting the sunset and evening hours of the eagle's search, Ray's watercolors place the various animals in soft focus against the "Blazing sunset,/crimson sky," (really orange here), as well as deepening shades of blue. Some dramatic views of the eagle are paired with less-distinct impressions of the other animals in the sweeping spreads. Focusing on the eagle's need to hunt and feed its young, the text never names a location, but concluding notes describe the Serengeti National Park where the animals live, the activities of poachers there, and further aspects of the tawny eagle's behavior. An additional purchase that works nicely for reading aloud and introducing African wildlife.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Kirkus Reviews
"Tired hunter, / must succeed. / Baby hungry, / mouth to feed." In this serenade to the Serengeti a tawny eagle sets out in search of food for his chick. Poised gracefully against a brilliant sunset sky in Ray's Impressionistic, semi-abstract illustrations, the eagle soars over river and plain, hippos and crocodiles, a pride of lions on the prowl and a herd of zebras. At last, after several failures and a narrow escape from a poacher's arrow, the eagle chases down a slower bird and returns to the moonlit nest. The clipped verse gives the lie to the "Peaceable Kingdom" promulgated in countless children's books and cartoons-the landscape swarms with predators looking for dinner and prey seeking to avoid becoming same. Tawny eagles are one of Africa's largest birds of prey, as the author notes in the afterword; this one, and his mate and chick, make attractively fierce-looking feathered guides to the renowned wildlife preserve. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570916717
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is the author of several books, including THE MINE-O-SAUR (Putnam) and TIGHTROPE POPPY THE HIGHWIRE PIG (Sterling). She lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

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