Talon, on the Wing

Talon, on the Wing

by Gigi Sedlmayer


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ISBN-13: 9780987555182
Publisher: Aurora House
Publication date: 12/23/2013
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

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Talon, on the Wing 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Lprice More than 1 year ago
This book is about Matica, a little girl with a disability, who befriends some condors and then has flying adventures with them. It starts out differently than I imagined. I was as disappointed as Matica was when she realized it was only a dream. I appreciate it when the author points out what was not obvious to Matica, when she says, "Why didn’t you tell me that there are others like me? I always thought I was alone with that growth problem." Sometimes children feel that they are alone in their disease or condition and need to know that there are others like them in the world suffering the same as they are. The plot was easy to follow and flowed smoothly throughout the book. I loved how the condors act as much like children as the children do throughout the story. It is full of laughs and pranks and typical behavior of kids at that age. I also found it to be inspirational and full of biblical messages in an unobtrusive way. Her brother is always her biggest fan and supporter, and there are plenty of positive messages that help Matica as she struggles with her sadness, doubts, negativity, and disability. The ending came was fun and full of surprises. It was also a tear-jerker. I feel that this story would be perfect for a teacher to read out loud to a classroom full of students. There is so much to be learned and taught through the message in this delightful tale.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite Talon: On the Wing by Gigi Sedlmayer is the second book in the children’s adventure series Talon. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of children who enjoy animal adventure stories or stories where the main character has a disability. Matica is a young girl who is trapped in the body of a two-year-old; however, her disability is transformed from a curse into a gift when she realizes that her size allows her to fly on the back of Talon. Talon is a condor and the offspring of Tamo and Tima, who were rescued by Matica and her father from poachers. Will Matica come to embrace her disability or will she only ever see it as a curse? Talon: On the Wing by Gigi Sedlmayer is a very sweet children’s book that would be perfect for children with disabilities or special needs as it teaches the valuable lesson of not allowing a disability to define a person. I found the adventure aspects of the story to be perfectly geared for young children and it reminded me a bit of the cartoons I used to watch as a child. I personally liked the way that the author not only created her own characters and plots, but also worked in real information about South American culture. The blend of fiction and non-fiction works perfectly in creating an attention-grabbing story that not only entertains, but also teaches! Overall, I found the book to be very well-written and while I found the story enjoyable as an adult, I feel that I would have enjoyed it much more as a child.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
Such a great opening to the book. It was so easy to get lost in the pages of this wonderful story. There is something special, reading about such a close relationship with a bird and a girl, and the unique bond they form together. This is certainly a series that has captured my attention. Now that Matica has been accepted by the village Indians, they are very keen to hear her stories about her relationship with the Condors. Everyone seems to believe and appreciate her story, all except for one sad little boy. Matica is hell bent on finding out why he is so sad, and see if she can help him in any way. She knows what it’s like being sad for such a long time. Especially since the Indians didn’t initially accept her for being so small. As they thought there was something wrong with her, and they thought she could possibly infect them. Matica was unfortunately born with a disability, which made her smaller than anyone else. However, this did give her one major advantage, and that was being able to ride on Talon’s back. She is excited when she hears there may be other children around like her. She laughs when she realises that Talon doesn’t like the rain, which is unusual for a young bird not to. Matica never thought she would experience anything like this in her life, flying through the clouds on the back of Talon. He had taken her so incredibly high, and she did everything she could just to hang on, as he dropped suddenly into pockets of wind and thick dense cloud. Maybe he had gone too high, and dropped too suddenly when she suddenly found herself falling to the earth……… Gigi Sedlmayer’s writing has really brought this story alive, and it’s certainly a book that I would recommend. Well worth a read.
rmattos More than 1 year ago
The author did an incredible job bringing to life lovely characters and scene descriptions that will stimulate your imagination and will make you cheer for our little heroine of this story. From the first book of this series, "Talon, Come Fly with Me", we learnt that Matica is a young child that is small in size for her age and because of that she is not well accepted in her community. The only friends she can make are two condors. With the help of her father, she manages to save the condors' egg that was being searched by poachers and bring it to her care until it hatches (and there you have Talon!). The bound between Matica and the condors is very special and with that she starts being accepted in the community, as they respect her care for the birds. In this second book, the author describes many adventures lived by Matica and Talon, as well as the development of her friendship with Amos and the rest of the tribe. There are plans for a short travel in the near future and a long travel to Australia later. New characters are introduced in the story and the topic about acceptance is reinforced. The author is a superb storyteller and I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers that appreciate a well written story that will keep you entertained for hours. I received a copy of his book from the author for reviewing, and I was not requested to provide a positive review. Opinion expressed here is my own.
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
On the wing is the second book of the Talon series. In the previous book, we learn that Matica suffers from an illness that prevents her from growing. Her physical form is about the size of a two-year-old, but mentally she is 9. Her parents move from Australia to Peru where this little girl has to face discrimination and abuse from the Peruvian Indians. They see her as evil and refuse to have her near the other children. Things have changed after the birds become Matica’s wings. People in the village are more receptive towards her, and even her parents are becoming acceptable towards the situation. The adventure continues with the beautiful picturesque descriptive nature of the author’s writing, producing this wonderful book of self-discovery and love for animals. This fantasy world has nothing short of being an incredible tale of a little girl and her journey with these birds. I thoroughly enjoyed Matica growing and reading about her encounters with the people of the village. I believe the character development is spot on with this tale and that makes this story very special to read. These birds really change her life, and it is lovely to see the effect of how it influences Matica’s confidence and belief in herself. I recommend this book to young adult readers, bird lovers and fantasy fans.
Jamztoma More than 1 year ago
A Remarkable Tale of One Girl’s Adventure with her Condor Friend This exciting tale is the second part of a series of books about a ten-year-old sandy-blonde girl by the name of Matica who has a special condition that has stunted her growth, making her remain at the height level of a toddler. She is special in this book because of her remarkable relationship with a family of condors that live in the mountains nearby her home in Peru, South America. She and her parents Mira (mom), Crayn (dad), and younger brother Aikon are originally from Australia but moved to Peru due to Crayn’s occupation. In part one of this series, Matica was able to save an egg of two adult condors who was being eyed by a bunch of ruthless poachers. From this saved “egg” came a dear friend, Talon, whom which this series of books are about. Now in this book, Matica had a dream that she was able to fly on Talon’s back across the Andes Mountains of Peru, where she was then abruptly dropped with Talon not making an attempt to help her at all. She woke up in time and proceeded to relay her nightmare to Aikon and her parents who took it lightly except that Mira thought she should be careful because you never know… This book is different from part one in that it introduces a bunch of new characters all eager to hear about Matica’s relationship with Talon as well as seeing her fly on his back. We have to consider the fact that this is something “extraordinary” and that no one has ever flown on the back of a bird in the skies or been recorded down in the history of the world. (I think.) There is a plot twist here where one of these new characters resents Matica because he had someone dear to him with her condition abandoned due to thoughts that this beloved person was of no use to society anymore. I read this book with anticipation waiting for that lesson that part one had. I felt that the same moral was being played out here where Matica once again proved to her surrounding community that her disability and her friendship with Talon tells all those who have a friend or family member with her condition to embrace that person because they might come in handy someday. And all through the book, the Peru Indians were very thankful and adamant to listen to Matica’s tales of her friendship with these condors especially the title character, Talon. It gave them a reason to embrace these birds, Matica’s condors, knowing that they have a valid place in their environment and must be protected at all costs from poachers and all those who threaten to hunt them down for trading and consumption purposes. I recommend this book to grandparents and parents who are looking for a book for that special, dear bookworm in their families. It will instill in him or her a sense of duty to look out for our friends in nature and teach him or her also the values of love, compassion, friendship and leadership. I also recommend this book to teachers who are searching for titles to add to their classroom libraries. Trust me, your students will enjoy this tale at story-time because the notion of a disabled girl befriending a bird (just like with a dog or a cat or a turtle) and showing it all of her tender love and care is something very kind and sweet that they can relate to. So what are you waiting for? Order this dear today! You will get your money’s worth!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Matica is small for her age, small enough to fly on the back of her beloved Condor, Talon. She also has a talent for hearing Talon’s voice in her mind, and Gigi Sedlmayer’s On The Wing starts appropriately with girl and bird flying high across the Andes. But Matica might face the same decisions we all do as time goes on. Does she “want to live in a fantasy world, not in the real world?” Does she want to escape, or is being different okay? The author’s faith, and that of her principal characters, shines through and colors this powerful childrens tale. After all, riding a condor is a kind of miracle, and who would believe without seeing? As Matica learns, it can be all too easy to let expectation blind us. Anger and fear make us unable to see or forgive. And the world can be a dark place for someone who's not like everyone else. On the Wing doesn’t sugarcoat its themes, but it wraps them in kind conversation and delight. As Matica says, “God would never abandon an ugly-looking person, or even a murderer.” She learns that “Grief is like a crippling disease …” through dialog that has a quiet old-fashioned feel despite its modern phrases. It’s not always natural, but it is frequently wise. My favorite scene is the dance of the dog and the condor, though Matica’s frequent flights are truly delightful. A fun sweet addition to the series Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
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MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Talon, On the Wing by Gigi Sedimayer is the second book in her series about Talon.  This book like the first will grab you once you open  page one.  It will the hold you down as the pages turn and turn and turn some more until you get to the last page. It is ver difficult to put down. This book continues the life lessons that were begun in Book 1. It encourages children to be kind and accepting of those who are  different and that being different is okay. Matica continues to overcome her "difference". She has such a determination for living and such  a joy of life. The most important things in Matica's life are trust, friendship, loyalty and understanding. In this book, the reader continues  to learn more about the behavior of condors. Matica discovers her small size is her most valuable gift. Because of it, she is able to fly on  the wings of Talon, feeling the wind in her face. Matica and Talon continue having exciting adventures. Some of them are fun and  some of them are scary. Reading this book is a good way for children to learn vocabulary skills. This book would make a good gift for any child. It would make a great addition to your child's library or any library's bookshelf. I gave this book 5 stars but it deserves more.  I highly recommend this book to everyone, whether a child or an a adult.  Everyone will enjoy reading this book. I look for more from Gigi Sedimayer.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
A gifted copy was given in exchange for an honest review. A beautiful second part in the Talon series. Matica and Talon go on having new adventures, while the bond between them is getting stronger and stronger. She is finally accepted by the Indians which makes Matica very happy. Everybody’s dream comes true for Matica: being able to fly. The readers can fly along with Matica and Talon and feel the wind on their faces, see the magnificent views and sometimes even be scared. A highly recommended book for all ages.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Talon on the wing is the second book in the children's realistic fantasy of the Talon series. These are clean, delightful stories of a family and village and their relationship with some very special fowl. Matica has to make some very big choices...One in particular. Will she choose to be with her father or her very special friend? Could she have it both ways? This "trial" is in preparation for an even bigger event in the near future. In this second book, the adventures from the first book continues and evolves into even more daring events. The book is similar to the first but the situations vary a little and it is still a very interesting and stimulating tale. It is also a great chapter book for mid to older elementary age students. The book cover is slightly deceiving in relation to the book but not to the extreme. It is colorful and eye-catching. This is an ARC so I did not put a lot of emphasis on the several typos and sometimes poor grammar at times when it wasn't intended as such. However, that needs to be addressed. The ending was meant to stir curiosity but it came across as a very weak ending and interlude to the next book of the series. Still, the brother's conversation is way too advanced for his age. I feel some of the emotions are overdone. Also, the expressions sometimes do not match the wording within the quotations. Still, I continue to recommend this for personal or group reading for elementary or YA. The chapters are mostly quite short enabling the reader to begin and end them in short periods of time. I review this book giving it a Four Stars rating. I was generously sent this book by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gigi Sedlmayer has once again written a wonderful story about a doll-sized 10-year old girl and a huge Condor family whom she has befriended and who loves and watches over her. Talon the baby is now old enough to take her flying on his back. He loves taking her on his daily adventures as he discovers the world outside of the Peruvian village in which Matica lives. Ms. Sedlmayer had written a story for all time, for all ages, young and old to enjoy. I gave her 5 stars because she is an excellent writer and the story merits that and more. Diane Pepper Smith
franellan More than 1 year ago
Talon: on the Wing 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. The journey now continues as we meet Matica and Talon once again. The story begins with Matica and Talon taking flight. Imagine if you could fly over the clouds and through the fog and see the world from up above. Imagine if your life turned around all because everyone realized that who you are as a person is not about your size or appearance. Imagine having a best friend who is a Condor named Talon whose wings spread out and whose body is so strong that it can carry you on top of him and have great adventures together. A new friend brings to light what happens when one young Indian is doubtful about her ability to fly with Talon and the reason he resents her. Matica is small in size but tall in intelligence, kindness and full of love for everyone. All she ever wanted was to be accepted for who she is and not what she looks like. Amos is her special friend who cares deeply for her and meeting Nunoa and hearing Alexander’s story is heartbreaking. Some parents cannot accept a child that is not perfect and might have some challenges. When Amos relates the reason for Alexander’s actions she understands and wants to help him. Blaming himself for the death of his brother was sad. The truth behind it is really startling. This story brings out many issues that kids face today and adults too when they have physical disabilities that others cannot accept or understand. But, when parents are cruel and do not care for a young child, like Jonah, and the end result is tragic, how can Alexander ever forgive them and how can he learn to deal with what happened? What happens next really frightens Matica as Talon is missing. Matica does not understand why people cannot accept children with disabilities and she tries to rationalize how someone could have helped Jonah. Friendships are formed in a unique way and Talon and Amos come to their own private agreement. But, there are many others that learn different lessons in this novel. Trust, friendship, loyalty and understanding play an important part in Matica’s life. Her parents are rare and are supportive and so is her brother but even more her best friend, Amos. What Amos does to prove how much he cares for her you will not believe because very few people would do this? Join Matica, Amos, Aikon, Alexander, Nunoa, and of course Tima, Tamo and our Talon as these great birds teach the humans some lessons in loyalty, trust and understanding and they teach the condors the meaning of the word acceptance. Once again author Gigi Sedlmayer pens a novel for children, adults, and even teens to enjoy, love and soar to highest peak or potential. Fran Lewis: reviewer
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Phoenix_Johnson More than 1 year ago
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! I was so pleased when both this one and Flight For Life were published; this is a story that deserves to be read, and I wish Gigi the best of luck with the following books!