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Eagle Dreams Hardcover – April 19, 1995

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Grade 2-4?Flying his kite, a young boy finds a bald eagle with a broken wing. Despite protests from his farmer father, he is determined to care for the bird. The vet makes a splint for it, and over the winter, it gradually heals in the barn. The boy does his chores, his father mellows, and the eagle's mate drops off extra fish to eat. All wait patiently until the day the eagle is strong enough to swoop forth "...with a scream so full of wildness they could only stand in silence." The direct style of the text, although spare in description and emotion, cleverly invites young readers, by examining the illustrations, to create a fuller version. There is a soft dreamlike quality to the artwork, suggestive of the warm memories of the events. Two are in sharp contrast: their terse realism and crisp edges sharpen the immediate action such as the eagle's release. Lightburn's dramatically changing perspectives entice readers to note the many subtle details while reflecting on the mood of each. The strong symbolism of the kite is featured on the cover and in the boy's final evening thoughts.?Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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Ages 6^-9. Despite his father's doubts, a farmer's son is determined to nurse the injured eagle he's found back to health. As the bird slowly regains its former majesty, the boy is also transformed: children will see him evolve from a dreamer who shirks his responsibilities on the farm to a responsible, self-confident youngster. The advanced vocabulary, complex relationships, and multilayered plot make this a good candidate for use with older children, but the heart of the tale is simple enough for young ones to enjoy, as well. Lightburn's superbly crafted, photo-realistic illustrations, beautifully rendered in subdued earth tones, are a powerful complement to the words. Lauren Peterson

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; Ex-library/first Impression edition (April 19, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399226958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399226953
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,455,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheryl McFarlane gave up sunny Arizona for love and the wild weather of the West Coast more than 30 years ago. She is the author of fourteen books for kids and teens, including the multi-award winning Waiting for the Whales and Jessie's Island. Sheryl teamed up with Sheena Lott for her most recent picture book, Island Santa. Her first young adult novel, The Smell of Paint, follows a track athlete and medal hopeful who faces unexpected hurdles both on and off the track. It was awarded the Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fiction in the U. S and was a Best Books of the Year pick by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. A mother of three, Sheryl is a teacher and the former Chair of the Victoria Children's Literature Roundtable. Visit her website at

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I chose this book to read to my preschoolers before we visited our local raptor rehab facility. Although the vocabulary level is really more appropriate for children several years older, it gave my students a very good understanding of what can be done for an injured bird of prey. They were very interested. I will purchase a copy of this book for my own library.
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