From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4–A fallen nest puts an eaglet into human hands, leaving him permanently imprinted and unable to fend for himself in the wild. A home at the American Eagle Foundation and instruction in falconry skills by its staff result in Challenger becoming a trained, free-flying eagle. Raven's somewhat stilted text and van Frankenhuyzen's often dramatic paintings follow the bird and his champion, Al Cecere, to a culminating free-flight before 80,000 people at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Para-Olympics in Atlanta. More than a simple story, this is a fervent plea for the continued protection of the American bald eagle. For further eagle lore, Helen R. Sattler's eye-catching The Book of Eagles
(HarperCollins, 1989; o.p.) is a great choice.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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