Talon, Come Fly with Me

Talon, Come Fly with Me

by Gigi Sedlmayer


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Nine year old Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru with her Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Matica has a growth handicap and is trapped in the body of a two year old, causing her to be rejected by the local people, who do not allow her to play with their children.

With patience and a sense of adventure, Matica befriends a pair of condors. A strong bond and love develops between them. She rescues the egg the condors, Tamo and Tima, are trying to protect from poachers and nurtures it to hatching. The egg hatches on her 10th birthday. She names the new fledging Talon.

This is the beginning of many incredible adventures with Talon and Matica. It is a story of hope, determination and love.

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ISBN-13: 9780992339920
Publisher: Aurora House
Publication date: 12/23/2013
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

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Talon, Come Fly With Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
TJ9000 More than 1 year ago
The adventure of a young girl captivated my attention in this beautiful book. The words soar off the page and into your heart as you read this imaginative story. I enjoyed seeing the family dynamic from the first moment with her brother, to the gentle times with her mom, and the exciting scenes with her father. A young girl, Matica, is jealous of her brother, Aiken's ability to have friends. But Matica's ability to form friendships is extraordinary. The trust and camaraderie between a Matica and the condors is truly wonderful. The way the author revealed each situation was fun to read and it made me anxious to see what's next. Acceptance was eloquently woven into the story without being blatant. And the other thing I learned was that when certain things happen, you don't always know why and just maybe something good will come of it. I found Talon: Come Fly With Me to be not only magical but inspiring. The author is expressive every step of the way and painted such vivid pictures with her words.
DABARKER More than 1 year ago
“Talon: Come Fly With Me” by Gigi Sedlmeyer (Aurora House) This book is simply brilliant; it’s also simply delightful and delightfully simple as well. I confess I took it up with trepidation. I felt it would not be for me. Maticia, an Australian girl, living with her parents and younger brother high in the Andes of remotest Peru. A girl with serious problems, not the least of them regarding her growth. A ten year old trapped in a two year old’s body, ostracized by the locals, their children forbidden to play with her for fear she would bring them bad luck. A lost, lonely little soul who manages to bond with a pair of condors and finds herself entrusted by the birds with their one precious egg in the hope that she can save it from poachers. It seemed unlikely, I thought. But I opened the book as I felt I must and then did not close it again till the end which, alas, came all too soon. The style is plain; it’s simple, straightforward English; very instructive to children, I thought. Yet in no time at all disbelief was suspended and rich imagery - that came from I know not where - had me soaring on a more than three metre wing span, soaring with a pair of condors, high in the pure Andean air. That and waiting in nail biting tension with Maticia and her family to see if the pair’s egg would hatch. Does it? No way do I say. There will be no spoilers from me. But I will say that the tale has a high moral ending which is extremely uplifting as well, particularly for Maticia. Obviously the book is intended for children and young adults but if it can entrance a hard bitten seventy year old like me it must be good for everyone. “Talon” by Gigi Sedlmeyer (Aurora House) I recommend it to all. D. A. Barker; Author of “Killing for Christmas,” & “What Am I?”
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Matica wishes she were normal, not short, not different. She wishes she had friends. But her brother Aikon reminds her, “If you think like that you’ll be sad … You have to stay the way you are.” Middle-grade readers will easily relate to Matica’s wish. Meanwhile they can follow along with an exciting adventure set in Peru, and enjoy the company of condors. Author Gigi Sedlmayer introduces lots of fascinating facts in this story, bringing the countryside to life and inviting readers to share Matica’s concern for the condors’ egg. Poachers are on the move, and the world can be a cruel place. But people can be cruel too. And cruelty can be overcome, as can fear and heartache. Talon tells a sweet tale of a girl learning to value her difference, and a pair of clever birds defending their egg. Lessons are nicely slipped into the text, and gentle wisdom reminds readers not to discount the emotions and intelligence of those different from themselves. Dialog fills the story, and details are carefully filled in with characters’ questions for each other. With the larger world reflected in the small, nations compared to the lives of a condor family, and missionaries showing genuine love and concern, Talon is a tale of love and patience rewarded, and of promise fulfilled. Sometimes even problems have a purpose after all. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this and voluntarily chose to review it.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
This really was a very enjoyable book to read. Gidi Sedlmayer has done a great job with the Matica as the main character, and you can’t help but fall in love with her. It was so easy to be pulled into the story, and I enjoyed the interaction between the Condors and Matica. This is certainly a book for all ages to read and enjoy. Matica may have been unlucky being born with a disease that resulted in her being quite small for her age, but she more than made up for it in kindness. Befriending a couple of Condors was unusual, and initially the Indians found it hard to believe. Matica was persistent as she didn’t have any friends, and she loved how majestic the big birds were. Taking dead animals for them to eat daily certainly helped in gaining their trust, and being able to get close to them. She named them Tamo and Tima, and they grew quite a bond with her. So much so that when a couple of poachers came to steal their egg, Tamo came to the village for Matica’s help. Tamo manages to hurt the poachers and get them to stash the egg in a hole, which Matica is able to come back and find after Tamo shows her where it is. He allows her to take it back and look after it until it hatches. When Tamo and Tima begin to visit the village the Indians are initially scared of them, until they understand that Matica is trying to help them. This has a great result for Matica, when the Indians respect her for doing something to save some of their countries wildlife. Finally the egg hatches, and a male condor comes into the world, much to the delight of his parents Tamo and Tima. Matica names him Talon and he grows so quickly into a magnificent bird. He even allows Matica to ride on his back. I’m glad that the Author has continued this book into a series, and I would definitely recommend it as an entertaining and captivating story.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Talon, Come Fly with Me: The Talon Series, Book 1 is a preteen and young adult adventure novel written by Gigi Sedlmayer. Being nearly ten years old and having the body of a two-year-old has not been without its challenges for Matica, especially since the Indians in the little village of Pucara in Peru, where she and her family live, are not at all comfortable with her and have forbidden their children to play with her. While she was born in Australia, she’s been living there with her missionary parents and her younger brother, Aikon, since she was four years old. Matica loves the village, but she wishes she could have friends like her little brother does. Her interest in birds leads her to admire the Andean condors who have decided to stay in the nearby mountains. She goes out to her special place to see them every day and even takes a dead lizard, when she or Aikon can find one, to toss up to the big male condor. Then one day he lands in a nearby tree to meet her. It is a momentous experience for both Matica and the huge, intelligent bird who almost seems to understand what she says -- a life-changing one. Gigi Sedlmayer's young adult coming of age novel, Talon, Come Fly with Me: The Talon Series, Book 1, is a moving and unforgettable story about a lonely girl's friendship with an Andean condor. The author does a fabulous job of recreating the little village of Pucara and the surrounding natural areas for her readers, and her characters are finely drawn and authentic. Matica is a grand main character and watching as she summons up the courage to meet her Tamo, the adult male condor she befriends, is a remarkable thing indeed. I could feel her fear and apprehension as she devises plans to foil the intentions of the animal smugglers who are determined to steal the condor pair's egg, and cheered along with her as she finally sees a benefit to her special stature. Talon, Come Fly with Me: The Talon Series, Book 1 is most highly recommended.
KittyMuseBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Matica could handle the move from Australia to this small village high up in the Andes in Peru. She adapted easily to the lack of modern technology and running water. But there is one thing that makes her life difficult. For whatever reason, the natives see her as an outcast because of her stature—or, rather, her lack. She is much smaller than other girls her age, and her new neighbors spurn her for that reason only. The rest of the family – little brother Aikon, father Crayn, and mother Mira – all seem to have as many friends as they would like. But Matica wanders alone. Her meanderings bring her to a peaceful, out-of-the-way clearing she decides to call Ramah, and this is where her life changes forever. She discovers two condors, who she names Tima and Tamo, and to her delight they seem to be just as curious about her as she is of them. Time passes, and they get to know each other to the point of a true friendship. This does not go without notice by the villagers, who begin to see Matica differently. And when she is designated by Tima and Tamo to keep their egg, after a very dramatic struggle with poachers, she becomes even more famous. And what happens after Talon is born will surprise everyone, even Matica and the condor parents. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This story, Book One of the “Talon” series, is a great beginning to the tale of a lonely girl’s friendship with these huge birds of South America. I loved how their friendship grew, as much because of Tima and Tamo’s efforts as Matica’s. Fiction or not, I cannot say, but the condors possess a deep intelligence that I found in turns charming, endearing, and downright incredible. I didn’t say much about Talon, even though his name is in the title. His was the egg rescued from the poachers, and he does some fantastic deeds while he is growing up. But to say too much would spoil it for other readers. Suffice it to say, he does some things that really make him memorable. The part in the book where he learns to fly—funny and frightening at the same time. I loved how the villagers, and eventually people from all over, came to respect and understand Matica, and lost their unfounded fear of her stature. It took the friendship of one of the largest airborne animals in the world, but they finally realized that she was really no different from them. Except she had huge birds following her around like dogs… A great start to what should be a wonderful series. I look forward to reading the rest of the books.
macjam47 More than 1 year ago
TALON, COME FLY WITH ME by Gigi Sedlmayer is a wonderful and inspirational story for adults and children alike.  It is the tender story of a girls love for the mighty condor, a vulture and nearly extinct.  Matica, who because of a genetic disorder is, at age ten, no bigger than a two year old. She lives in Peru and the Indians there fear her and refuse to allow their children to play with her.  Without friends and only her four-year brother as a playmate, Matica befriends two condors who eventually give her their egg to protect, nurture and eventually take care of the young hatchling to protect it from poachers. This beautifully written story deals with disability and the fear of differences as perceived by others and a young girl’s love and devotion to the condors.  At times you will laugh, but you will always be amazed.  The book is the first in a series of heartwarming adventures. I loved that Sedlmayer wove information about the condors into her story.  While reading TALON, COME FLY WITH ME, I learned a lot about condors that I would never have known otherwise. Though the main character is a female, the book is not gender specific in that Matica could just as easily been a boy. It is certainly appropriate for people of all ages, but I heartily recommend it to the 9-12-year-old readers.
joecpp More than 1 year ago
There was once a small, small girl and a big, big bird. Her name was Matica and his name was Tamo and “Talon” is the book that tells us all about their unlikely friendship and adventures. It was through these adventures that Matica (and I, too) learned that no one is too small in the eyes of God and that He has a grand plan for each one of us. Read “Talon” to your very young ones to teach them that they are in God’s thoughts and intentions; that life can and will get better; that our own problems and shortcomings can become our greatest allies and advantages; that nature is not lost yet, that it is our right and our home and that this planet belongs to all of us… and to none of us. Read them “Talon” to help them learn to fly. Godspeed, Matica.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Matica was a lonely, distraught girl with a disability. She felt desperate. Her parents were very supportive, loving and encouraging but was that enough? Her parents were on a mission in Peru among an Indian tribe. Her brother was energetic and had his own friends but he also loved his older sister. When Matica felt all was in vain, she miraculously made friends with very unusual beings. Was it just by chance or from divine intervention this most unusual situation occurred? She was too elated to discover which it was. It just gave life meaning. From this point on, Matica's world was opened up to a whole new existence. Join Matica and her family in the extraordinary events that ensued the changes in their ordinarily routine lives . This is the first book of a series. It definitely sets the foundation for the following books of the series. Without the first book, the reader would miss key events. The book cover very well portrays the story. It is bright and eye-catching. The title also defines the story very well. The story is a creative fantasy that will seem very real to the vivid imaginations of youth. It is a remarkable tale. The writing was a little ambiguous at times. The emotions following a statement didn't always coincide with events. Yet, at other instances the emotions seemed overdone. The conversations and some actions of the brother were not synonymous with his age - much too mature. Other than that, it was a delightful tale. This would be a wonderful book for youth from ages 9 to 19! I feel some adults would find it entertaining as well. It would be a great series for family reading and discussion. I give it a weak Four Stars rating in this book's review due to the above mentioned problems. This book was generously sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written, from the first page on I felt as though I could feel the environment, smell the smells, and see the beautiful landscape. The Characters are ones that you fall in love with, when Matica hurts you hurt with her, when she is happy you feel the same excitement. This book captivated me from the start! Great job Gigi in your writing. I feel as though you have touched on some very basic morals, but ones that with the coming of this new era that we live in, have been shadowed out into the distance. I encourage you to give this book a read, it is a great book to share with your family and children. I hope you loved it as much as I did! I look forward to seeing what you present to us in the future!!
bingobearJM More than 1 year ago
Also being an author of children's books myself, I was so taken in by Gigi's first book, Talon, come fly with me. She is a wonderful writer that children will gain much understanding of love and respect for others from. I see now she has published two more books in the series which I am eager to read. Wonderful!
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The_Review More than 1 year ago
Talon: Come Fly With Me is about the life of nine-year-old girl, Matica. Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved here with her Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents when she was five years old. Ever since Matica could remember, she faced cruel rejection because of a growth handicap that traps her in a body a two-year-old. Because of her appearance, the local Indians wouldn't accept her into their community or allow her to play with their children. Under the watchful eyes of her parents, lonely Matica explores the plateau of the Andes. She found a pair of condors soaring near the mountains and with patience and a sense of adventure she befriended them. She named the condors Tamo and Tima and a strong bond and love developed between them. The adventure of this book begins later, as Matica helplessly witnessed poachers stealing the condors' egg from their nest. After a dramatic fight between Tamo and the poachers, the poachers abandoned the egg leaving it far from its nest. Being unable to bring it back to the nest, Tamo and Tima sent signals to Matica to take care of their egg. Later on, during Matica's tenth birthday, the condor egg hatches. The hatchling is called Talon and this story focuses on the self journey of Matica, as she teaches the little hatchling to fly. This experience changes her life completely and enables her to see a positive side to her handicap. This book is the first of +Gigi Sedlmayer's Talon series. Not only is it a great uplifting story, it has a great moral as well. I went into this book not really knowing what to expect, other than what I had read from the back cover (which is written above this). I was blown away. Not only is the story interesting, the short (2-4 pages) chapters pull the story along and keep you glued to the page. The only thing that is really is a knock on the book is the fact that sometimes the English doesn't always make sense. However, this is not a really major fault, since Ms. Sedlmayer is not a native English speaker.
cathartic-virtue More than 1 year ago
Talon Review by Fallon Johns…. Talon is a beautiful story of courage, love, and friendship… I really enjoyed reading this book, it is a book that a person any age can read, understand and enjoy. This book is about a young girl named Matica, she lives in a small village in the Andes in Peru, South America; with her father, mother and younger brother. Matica is considered disabled and is not accepted by her peers so she develops an amazing relationship with of all things; a pair of condors. Not only does the book Talon give a great view on a relationship between human and animals but Talon also points out issues that children are experiencing now in our society. There are a lot of people who experience what Matica has experienced in this book. Children and even adults experience being treated definitely because of mental or physical disabilities, Talon is a book that helps people understand how people with disabilities feel and the book also teaches us all about acceptance and loving people for who they are inside and not by physical appearance. I would definitely recommend this book as a teaching tool of love and acceptance for all ages. There are so many wonderful lessons that people can learn just by reading this incredible book… As I stated earlier Talon is a story of love, courage, friendship, family, and learning to accept all people regardless of disability, etc. If anyone is looking for an amazing reading experience, I definitely recommend reading Talon.
Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
The male condor spread his huge wings and hopped to the ground. Matica had to jump clear, out of the reach of his huge wings. Instead of flying off, as he normally did, he kept standing, turning around and looking at her. Matica’s eyes nearly popped out of her sockets. He’s so huge, she thought. Standing stock-still and not folding his wings to his body, the bird blinked and waited for what Matica would do. Since nothing happened for the next few minutes, the bird tilted his head and grunted. Matica interpreted it as: what now? His mate screeched from the sky in surprise. Matica couldn’t move. She was frozen stiff with fear and her face was as white as a ghost. The bird looked way bigger on the ground than he had looked on the branch. He folded his wings very slowly to his body now as if he knew he might frighten her, then he made another sound. Matica felt so small and thought: Will he kill me? But no, I’m alive. He can’t kill, just like Dad said. Matica gasped for air and her pink colour came back into her face. She was amazed that this had really happened and she wondered: What should I do now? I think he’s afraid of his own boldness, and so am I. He’s watching me. I should move, do something. After all, I told him to come down…but he’s so big. Matica and her family moved from Australia to a little remote village called Pucara which is about twenty kilometers away from the Andes in the northern part of Peru. Matica’s parents are missionaries to the Peruvian Indians who spoke little or no English. Through her father Crayn, this has started to change. Matica has a medical problem that prevents her body from growing to its normal size. When they first moved to Pucara Matica was five but her body looked as if she were only two years old. Even though Crayn had explained this disability to the Indians they still thought she was odd or even possessed by an evil spirit. They were so afraid of her that they refused to let their own children play with her. This left Matica alone and lonely. To solve her lack of friendship, Matica took to the sky, making friends with a pair of Condors. When I started reading Talon, come fly with me, I knew nothing about the Condors. After reading Talon, come fly with me, I had to appease my curiosity by looking them up on the internet. They are large birds weighting from 20-23 lbs. with body lengths of 50” and wingspans of 9-10 feet. They mate for life and live 50 plus years producing 1-2 eggs every 2 years. They can fly up to 15,000 feet at speeds of 55 miles per hour. And they are on the endangered species. Matica’s story of befriending these birds, helping them rescue their egg from poachers and then the actual raising was a story that took my breath away. Only a child such as Matica can see the beauty in an animal that everyone else calls ugly. And only a child would have the tolerance to do what had to be done to keep ‘her’ birds surviving. This is a beautiful book for all ages, especially for kids.
nan200 More than 1 year ago
This is truly an amazing story,and I really ejoyed it. I look forward to reading more of this authors books.
franellan More than 1 year ago
Talon: Come Fly With Me Reviewed by Fran Lewis Appearances should not matter but tell that to a young child who was born with a handicap. Children can be cruel and adults even more because they are the ones who teach their children acceptance, tolerance and how to understand the differences we should embrace in people. But, one little girl named Matica would teach a whole tribe of Indians in Peru many lessons before all is said and done. Imagine being over 10 years old and never growing over the height of a two year old. Imagine how a child would feel if her brother¿s height was much taller and the rest of the children in her village or tribe did not accept her or play with her. Imagine the life of loneliness that this young child would have. Parents make a difference in the life children and Mira and Crayn are exceptional. Matica was bright, inquisitive and definitely different than most children almost ten years old. Although her growth hormones were not working correctly and her growth spurts were definitely stagnated, she manages to endear herself into the hearts of readers because of her kind heart, intelligent attitude and caring manner. Two condors, Tamo and Timo are her best friends. The place where she lives is plagued with poaches hoping to steal the eggs of the condors and sell them to the zoo. Just how she befriends them and how they met is quite heartwarming as she learns to accept them for who and what they are, bring them food along with her younger brother Aiken and begin a journey that she hopes will bring her a place in the community where she lives. Her brother has been accepted because he has been deemed or labeled ¿Normal.¿ She is very short in stature and has been labeled odd or different and the Indians will not allow her to play or interact with their children. When the threat of total extinction for these two condors she named Timo and Tama, she goes on a quest to find a way to protect their egg and keep it safe. Throughout each chapter author Gisela Sedlmayer gives the reader information about the condors, their lifestyle, habits and much more. Matica is very curious about why the condors are endangered and her father patiently explains the many reasons why they need protection from the poachers when she comes up with a clever idea that just might save them. The author has overcome many difficulties in her own life and has learned to accept her own limitations. This book brings to light how one young child learns to deal with being different, shunned by her own community, not accepted because of her lack of height but has the love and support of her parents and brother to keep her strong and guide her. Everything and everyone has an advantage says her mother. Everyone does have a purpose in life and she would learn that really soon. Her father really shows his love for her when he agrees to meet Tamo. But, when her father goes with her to meet the condor they come in contact with the poachers too. So, would the condor understand that she wants to help him and give Matica the egg to protect from harm and the poachers? Would one young child be able to save it? As they see the poachers and hear the screams of the condors what will the end result be and will Matica be able to put her plan into action? Leaving the egg in a tight spot between some boulders on the plateau will she be able to get it and keep it until it hatches? What will happen when it does? The chase is on as the poachers grab the e
Casey_Lyne More than 1 year ago
I love that I've had a chance to review the next two in the series before they're published, and here's the review for the third novel... Talon, Flight for Life Gisela continues the story of Matica and Talon, ever faithful to her style and message in this, the third installment in her Talon series. So far, we have been with Matica as she rescued a condor egg from poachers, raising the condor chick she names Talon, while his parents Tamo and Tima watch in approval, and this is just in the first book. The second book sees dreams come to life as the relationship and understanding between Matica and Talon grows ever deeper. In Flight for Life, we follow the unlikely duo as poachers return and Matica continues to struggle with her self-esteem due to her disability. Her continuing acceptance from the South American Indians in the surrounding villages and cities gives her pride and reason to hold her head high, however, as they stand in awe of her relationship with the endangered condors. Some may view it as far stretched; but the beauty of hope and positivity is what makes this such a wonderful series. It is a perfect way to teach children and young adults that no matter how different we are, we can all make a difference and that whatever life throws at us, we should never let it get us down but rather take it in stride and keep our heads held high, just like Matica.
Phoenix_Johnson More than 1 year ago
Talon, On The Wing Gisela Sedlemayer I have been fortunate enough to be able to read the sequel, Talon, On The Wing and give my review before it has been picked up by a publisher. The second installment of the Talon series by Gisela starts quite strong, with clear imagery of Matica flying on her beloved Condor friend, Talon. The sweetness of the first book is not lost, and On The Wing never steers from the messages from the first. The passion that Gisela feels passes through the pages; it is clear that she wants no one to forget her dream for everyone to be accepted, and that no one forgets there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Not to forget the obvious care for the environment, of course! Although this is yet to be picked up by a publisher, it deserves recognition for the time and effort spent on continuing this sweet tale of a young girl and her Condor friends. I wish the best for Gigi in the search for a publisher, not only for this but also the third installment, which I shall be reviewing in a couple weeks.
Phoenix_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced, sweet story, I was pleased to delve in to something so easy to read. The short, numerous chapters aided in making this such a breeze. The information about Peru and the condors makes it clear that Gisela did quite a bit of research before beginning this story, which is fantastic. This is quite a remarkable way to educate young adults and children about this majestic and endangered bird species, and the country they live in. In my honest opinion, there needs to be more books of this nature to keep education interesting, especially in the technology-addicted society of today. This is a book I'm highly considering buying for when my own daughter is a couple years older. The emotions during this story are clear in every word, and it brought tears to my eyes a few times. As Matica is finally accepted by the village, she is finally able to really spread her own metaphorical wings, and shows children that with the right determination, anyone can achieve anything. Gisela paints a wonderful word picture, and as the condor chick, Talon, hatches and grows, I felt every drop of joy and nerves that Matica felt. This may be aimed at young adults and children, but it is an enjoyable read regardless of age. This is a definate "claws" up!
tootall1121 More than 1 year ago
My review of Talon, Come Fly With Me by Gigi Sedlmayer By David Broughton This is one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time, of any variety. (I review a lot of books, so I see more than most people.) The lead character is young Matica is from Australia but now lives in Pucara, located on a high and open, sandy, vast plateau of the Andes about a thousand meters up in Peru, South America. Matica finds and befriends a rare condor, and eventually the condor's family. The condor family becomes part of Matica's family, in a way, after Matica and her father do their best to protect them from poachers. Everyone in the family helps hatch their egg . that's just the beginning of the story. There is a lot in this book, in many ways, it's a unique story a great read, but there must be more than a hundred lessons it can teach children, without them ever knowing they're learning anything. There are lessons about ecology, family, native ways, just to name a few. This story somewhat leaves me at a loss for what to say about it. All the superfluous words in my arsenal fail to do it justice. Talon is so good on so many levels, that adults will enjoy it, so will children, whether the children can read it themselves of have it read to them. There is drama, humor, and a flight of fancy or two throughout Talon. The only odd thing that caught this editor's eye was the British (and Aussie) spellings and punctuation style. Once I got used to that, it flowed beautifully. This book is a keeper, that's for sure. If you buy the hard cover edition, you'll want to hand it down through the family for generations to come, it's that good. I guess that's all I can say about the book; the author on the other hand, is a story waiting to be told. I'll let her tell it, when she's ready, it should be quite the interesting story too. You'd never know from this book that English is her third language.
Arlington_Nuetzel More than 1 year ago
I am not normally a fan of young adult fiction. But my mind was captured by Sedlmayer and her skillful means of drawing a young mind into her mold and sending it out into the world again with confidence and purpose. We write for the young with three aims. We educate them, we entertain them and, above all, we inspire them. The TALON series does all that. TALON is a rich tale set in the Peruvian foothills of the majestic Andes. It is a classic story of a young girl hobbled by a birth disorder and who bears all the associated negative esteem. Her family is kind and supportive but there is much wanting in her young life. Matica's condition is compounded by her being a cultural anomaly, the daughter of Australians transplanted among the Peruvian indigenous as she questions her worth and her place in the world around her. The author draws on nature and its character to make Matica aware of her latent, innate talents and to give her a newfound and enviable identity, an identity celebrated by all around her and which ultimately leads to her unconditional acceptance among the local people. Sedlmayers use of the birds and animals to string her lessons imparts a kindness and device to instill a respect for life to any age for the world around us and its fragile inhabitants. TALON is a well constructed, parent friendly work with digestible chapters, each bearing a soft lesson. Rarely do I read a work that would not only fulfill the three aims above but I believe that TALON would inspire a young person to consider, no, aspire to write as well. These works showcase the fun, the zeal, the satisfaction of storytelling. I only wish that my grown up daughters were children again so I could read the TALON series to them at bedtime. As it is, I'm a thousand miles away from my grandchildren so that will have to wait for the golden moment yet to come. Arlington Nuetzel, Gosnell, Arkansas USA author of The Low January Sun, Murder in March Commons, Telephoto, 2027, New Madrid, Missouri and The Bower Bird and Other Stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always read books before handing them on to children to read, to make sure of the content and although "TALON Come fly with me" is a childrens book I really enjoyed it. I was able to see the story unfold in my imagination. It gave me an insight into life in the Andies, which is a place that I had previously never thought of. I loved the passion that 'Matica' had for her Condor. It also made me curious about the Condor which again is a creature that I had never given any thought to and I discovered that Peruvians hold the Condor in high regard. They believe while the Condor flies in their skies their way of life will stay safe and bountyful. So you see this book was not just a story for me but an education as well. I will be reading this story to my Granddaughter when she is old enough to understand.
inajiffy More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining story. Vivid pictures come to mind as MATICA, the main character joins with the Condors in PERU. An adventure story with an endearing character - MATICA. Would make a great film I think. inajiffy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. From the beginning till the end it was very fascinating. Gigi tells the story about Matica and her friends, the condors, with so much affection. I always thought while reading this book what will happen next. I really enjoyed reading this book, especially the occasions when Matica and her brother were looking in the dust for a food gift for the condors to make friends with them. There are so many parts in your book that you really think you live and do things with Matica together. It is so realistic.