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The Boy Who Flew With Eagles: A Native American Action Adventure Myth Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


"This book is fast paced, full of excitement and entwines nature with culture...Any school-aged child will absolutely fall in love with Naa'ki and his empowering adventures!" - Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite 

"Woodard's lyrical writing adds heft to this dreamy myth-like story."
Marcia Thornton Jones
Best selling author of over 130 children's books.

"Danger, beauty, humor, and in the end, deep satisfaction."  
Martha Bennett Stiles 
Prizewinning author of 12 books including the middle grade Sailing to Freedom 

From the Author

A Nature Story
I wrote most of this book over a weekend, but then I took two years to publish it. It's my favorite of all my books and deals with nature and the environment--two passions of mine. The world-wide acceptance of the book has been fulfilling to me, and I especially liked hearing from a English teacher in Germany who uses the book to teach English to adult Germans.

Product Details

  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Miller-Martin Press; 1 edition (November 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006455H6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A spellbinding storyteller of high adventure, Ben has walked the Great Wall of China, hiked in Tibet, and climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest. And recently learned to surf in Hawaii.
Ben is active in SCBWI and a member of a local children's writing critique group. He is a former Marketing Manager for a major corporation and ran his own marketing consulting business. He started writing children's stories in 2008 and has written picture books, middle grade and young adult. Stories of adventure and wonder. Stories that inspire and educate, and, most of all, entertain.
Ben lives in Kentucky with his wife Lynda.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Antypowich on January 8, 2012
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I am part of the WLC Review program, and I`m going to be honest; this book wasn`t one that I had chosen to read, but it was directed to me. Then, no matter what I did I couldn`t get the file to download on my kindle so I went to Amazon and bought it for .99 and presto it was there. I dutifully started to read it, and then guess what! I found a treasure. I fell in love with it.

It starts out with a scene around a fire pit; an old man is sitting there with his eyes closed. Children begin tiptoeing into the clearing, waiting patiently in the silence (hey, can you imagine this happening in today`s world? There is very little chance of it; at the very least you would hear the click, click of their fingers on the keys of their smart phone as they texted the kid sitting next to them!) But these children sit with their hearts thudding at the pops and murmurs of the wood on the fire, respectfully waiting.

Opening his eyes, the old man stares at each child with a dark and distant look. Then he begins the story, his words becoming visions.

The visions unfold as he tells the story of Naa'ki, a young native boy, who is kidnapped by a mother eagle. She carries him to her nest where he is destined to become a meal for her baby eaglets. When the boy reminds her that eagles don't eat humans, she says that her family is starving because man has been greedy, taking what he wants indiscriminately. He gives no thought to how he upsets the balance of nature and no understanding or caring for how his actions affect the other creatures that share the earth with him.

Naa'ki points out that if she feeds him to her eaglets, he will be dead; they will be full today but tomorrow they will be hungry again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Beard on January 8, 2012
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At the beginning of Ben Woodward's children's book, The Boy Who Flew With Eagles, a Native American elder relates a story to the younger generation. That narrative frame is used to relate the rest of the book's story. While only a small number of paragraphs are used to support the framing device in the beginning and the end, it's a nice atmospheric touch and a nice reminder of the lengthy heritage of storytelling, especially in this modern age of e-readers and internet distribution.

As one might derive from the title, the story itself is a briskly paced tale of a young Native American boy who ends up captured by a mother eagle but subsequently befriends the eagle and her family. Though this is a children's book, the author doesn't dumb-down the language, but neither does he make it overwhelming. Grade school readers will, I believe, find the writing engaging and accessible. There's a combination of both action and character development to excite them and get them to understand the main character.

While as a parent, I don't believe that it's inherently wrong to have violence in children's books (after all, violence is a part of life and existence), the current media landscape for children is somewhat saturated by stories that feature a lot of battle. There's a threat of violence in this tale in relation to the cycle of life, but otherwise the story is free of those elements.

For a relatively short tale, there's a surprising amount of thematic heft. A variety of subjects from resource usage responsibility to empathy are handled in a way that are accessible for children. In that way, this book would probably lend itself well to a classroom or library discussion, but can be enjoyed quite well by younger readers without any sort of critical analysis involved.

4 Stars

J.A. Beard
My indie, my tea and me
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcia T Jones on April 5, 2012
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Woodard's lyrical writing adds heft to this dreamy myth-like story. As a teacher, I find the short chapters, animal characters, and subtle lessons perfect for reluctant readers. It's a great read for anyone interested in nature studies, Native American folktales, myths and legends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JD Lester on October 2, 2012
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Can a boy survive a kidnapping by a mother eagle, and eventually learn to fly?

Danger, outwitting death, proving one's mettle - these are proven narrative elements that captivate young readers, especially boys and reluctant readers for whom stories are often too "boring".

In this pleasurably readable tale (sprinkled with gorgeous illustrations by Laura Leikona), Ben Woodard seems to understand the squirming impatience of a tough audience, and realizes that adventurous "wings" are needed to give a story shape and move it breathlessly forward.

As the mother of a young child, what I most loved about this tale is that the author didn't just stop at the thrilling flap of surface action (which is, indeed, generous and thrillingly sustained). Instead, the triumph and heart of this parable is the nuanced way Woodard breathes in themes of self-restraint, belief in oneself, loyalty, honor, respect for nature, sharing - things we all hope, and struggle, to teach our kids. That's Woodard's deftly imparted magic, and it helps his story soar.

If your child does not have a wise grandfather who can weave spell-binding and simply told stories, you can click, download, and "borrow" Ben Woodard for an afternoon of fierce imagining and gentle, timeless wisdom.

I found "The Boy Who Flew With Eagles" to be a thrilling ride on an updraft, with a lasting and positive message about character that will definitely stay with your reader once back down on solid ground.

Can't wait to read what Ben Woodard does next!
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