Tough and resourceful Tala will be 13 soon, and no one will tell her what to do. On one fateful day in a Quebec forest, however, she has to find her endangered father and protect her young brother from a trio of murderous poachers. All the while, she and her brother may have to face the forest's legendary keepers - the deceptively playful characters known as the Stone People, and a giant, black bird known and feared as Culloo.
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The thrilling adventure story of two young siblings, written with passion and love. As the daughter of a forest ranger, I easily related to the two courageous children, Tala and Dason, who faced dangerous situations while looking for their father in the forest, which was full of danger and enemies. Left without their mother, the young children were about to be taken by child protective services. They desperately needed to find their father, who had not come home. To avoid being sent to a foster home, the brother and sister leave their home to search for their father, threatened by hunters, who broke the law. While looking for their father, they find themselves in Culloo country. Remembering their father's story about the giant bird living on top of the mountain, the children were scared. Lovingly taking care of each other, the two spent the night in the dark forest, afraid of Culloo and the Stone People. Through their dangerous journey, they believed Culloo had more protective power than they thought. They understood that the Culloo's feathers guided them away from danger and showed them the way to their father. This is an exciting story, very well paced, rounded, and nicely connected to the spiritual life of Native Americans. The author beautifully describes the nature of the forest and mysterious places, which easily attracts the reader. Murielle Cyr used very delicate but descriptive language while trying to teach children about preserving nature, respecting spirits and all living things. Reading this story, I felt as if I were present in each scene. This story teaches young readers about Native American customs, which gives this book a mysterious and intriguing feeling. The background information about the spiritual traditions of Native Americans makes the children's adventure more thrilling and interesting. This story also has a sweet touch. I felt as if the mother's love was watching over her children all night. Overall, it is a fantastic book for young readers who like real adventures with a mysterious twist. As a grown-up, I enjoyed reading this story as much as if I were a child. It is a wonderful book for slightly older children, who have outgrown picture books.
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers' Favorite Culloo by Murielle Cyr is a lovely story that conveys many details of Native Indian folklore. It is a good reading piece that will be enjoyed over and over. This very well told story will keep your attention to the end. Murielle relates an interesting tale that will teach you some Indian folklore and plant uses. This is a good way to learn about Indian culture without being overpowering or one-sided. Tala is almost 13 and her brother Dason about nine. They find themselves alone many times, as their father Tom takes clients into the forest near their home. Their neighbor, Susan, is a very nosy woman that had tried in the past to gain Tom’s favor. After he said no, she often worries about the children and knows who comes in or out of their house at all times of day or night. Their dad doesn’t come back one night, and a woman from the foster care organization is soon at their door. Tala knows it’s her neighbor’s doing and she is worried that her father is in trouble. She goes with her brother and they have many adventures as they try to find Tom. They are cared for by characters that they thought belonged in the stories their father told them, but after these experiences they know better. This is a great story with lots of flavor and adventures. It will be loved by any reader in the middle grade schools and older elementary readers. Murielle Cyr did a very nice job with this tale.