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

Ben Woodard , Laura Leikona
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

By the light of leaping flames an old man weaves a heart-pounding tale. A story of a time of great hunger when man and beast might die. Only one boy can save his people and the other creatures from starvation. But he must face a terrifying challenge.

The story combines myth, environmental awareness and the concept of working together. Action and adventure in a short middle grade novel with illustrations.

Awards Nomination for Best Children Literature Award on April 30, 2013 from eFestival of Words. Winner! Best Cover Design Award from ewords4kids.

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

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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006455H6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this little book January 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding and Empathy January 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical prose with a subtle message 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
5.0 out of 5 stars great storybook March 29, 2013
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I bet I would have loved this book as a child. It incorporates native American influences (and Navajo at that, one of my favourite cultures to read about) and conveys a powerful message about caring for nature without being too preachy. Good choice to read in class to primary school children! And the pictures are so pretty :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It takes a village to raise a child January 19, 2013
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This, short, easily read story is great for bedtime or a rainy/snowy day. "The Boy Who Flies with Eagles" is a wonderful story that teaches the importance of the proper usage of our natural resources. Its well woven, traditional storytelling style is reminiscent of a great evening spent with family and friends.

Naa'ki learns an important lesson from the eagles and bears as he grows in size, strength and knowledge. In return, Naa'ki passes on their message to his people and saves a nation from their past mistakes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that soars! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids
I think this is a great book for kids because....when you read the book it
gets the flow of a native America myth.
Published 6 months ago by escape master
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book very captivating
Most excellent Story!
Published 8 months ago by Get this now!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read-aloud book
The Boy Who Flew With Eagles is a wonderful story which uses traditional story-telling and which is steeped in Native American folklore. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read For Young and Old Alike
I truly enjoyed this well-written short story/novella. As the subtitle promises, The Boy Who Flew With Eagles combines adventure, action and mythology in a Native American setting... Read more
Published 11 months ago by JT Therrien
5.0 out of 5 stars Author deserves praise.
When you begin this book, you believe it is a simple tale just to entertain children, but the more you read the more interesting it becomes as it enlightens us of the importance of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jackline Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing have to read
Bought for my grandson. These are his remarks. "I think kids would love this story. It's about a young boy that learned a different way of travelling. Read more
Published 20 months ago by pslwallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
You don't have to be a child to enjoy this book. It has such wonderful qualities and instills the value of friendship, trust, concern for the environment and life itself. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Margaret Bucklew
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written story for all ages.
I bought this book with the thought that my grandchildren might enjoy it, and I loved it. It is a beautifully written story, crafted with an eloquence I've rarely, if ever, found... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Karen Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative
This is the second short I have read from this author and it did not disappoint. He is a spectacular writer and has a way with words. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Michael Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading book
I thouht this would be a good reading book. It kept me interested and did not want to put it fown.
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More About the Author

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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