on September 22, 2009
My third grade teacher read this book to the class aloud, a chapter a day. I loved it! It was happy, sad, scary, and funny. I've been looking for it ever since to purchase a copy. There is no way I'll pay what the private sellers are asking, but if the publisher ever decides to reprint it, I'll be the first in line for a copy. It's a wonderful story.
on December 9, 2010
I discovered this book by accident at my local library when I was around 8 years old. It has everything you want in a great story -- funny, sad, thrilling with a great hero and lots of life lessons. It was one of the few books I read several times. I want so much to share it with my son who is fascinated by birds of prey and appreciates a sweet story. I'm so disappointed that I can't find an affordable copy anywhere. The story was timeless, so I don't understand why it's vanished.
on June 30, 2012
I read this book many many times when in first and second grade!
Fabulous book to learn to read with. It also started a life long love of both birds and flying gliders and hang gliders.
Additionally, I have raised over 40 canaries (all named Chloe), all from this book!
If anyone finds one please contact me
on January 12, 2014
I first read this book in second grade, back in 1951. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Now that i have an 8yo grandson, I thought it would be great to introduce him to the same book. Searching online revealed that, as all these other reviews find, the book is out of print, not widely available, and terribly expensive to buy, even used. Located a copy from my local Mesa AZ library through inter-library loan, and turns out the only two copies they could find are at the Ohio State University library. I now have a loaner copy, it cannot be renewed, and will have to return it in another week. I don't really want to hand a book valued at $500 or more to an 8yo and hope it will be treated OK. So, looking for opportunity to read it with him. Would like to find a legally made copy, but that's probably out of the question. Great text, story, and the artwork, though black on white 'pen and ink' are superb additions to the story.
on December 23, 2010
I discovered this book in my school library while in the 4th grade. It is an exceptionally enchanting story of a Red-tailed Hawk, and chronicles its adventurous life from breaking out of its shell into adulthood. The book is extremely well-written, and it had a profound effect on my life by introducing me to the wonderful world of books. I loved it so much that I checked it out continuously in order to read it repeatedly. When I finally did return it, I was required to pay so much in late fees (from my paper route) that I could have easily purchased it instead.
This very special children's book is so deserving of being re-published! How sad to discover that it is not currently available.