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The Boy Who Flew With Eagles (Mythic Adventure Collection Book 1) Kindle Edition
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
- ASIN : B006455H6W
- Publisher : Miller-Martin Press; 1st edition (November 2, 2011)
- Publication date : November 2, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 740 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 102 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,216 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yes, the book spoke to sharing and caring for others on the planet, but it is entirely lacking female, except for the mother eagle. Even the boy had no mother or sisters. No human fem anywhere.
If, in fact, this kind of book was to help reluctant males to read, why do they go on and get better jobs and never get judged by what they wear or their size? If the males that read this kind of book were actually addressed, why is ecology poohed upon by the heavily male corporate and politicized world?
The overall lesson I learned from this book is that we have gentled males of their own responsibility for themselves and others to the point that if this book were about the female equivalent the boys wouldn't have read it? How sad! Not only didn't this story get the point across, but it also didn't even embrace it, itself! Sharing and caring.
The minor truth was that father eagle flew away and gave the job to the mother eagle cause he couldn't handle it!
No, I didn't lose sight of the main objective of the book. It is marvelous that the boy got to learn how to fly and help the eagle family and eventually his own tribe. That is why the story got four stars. But the rest is lost for society.
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. He bargains with her; if she spares his life, he will work with her to help save her chicks. He will use the skills he has learned from his people and help her catch fish for them all.
Mother eagle doesn't trust man, but Naa'ki is a child. She will give him a chance and he lives up to his part of the bargain. He misses his family, but he finds a different view of the surrounding world here and he is overwhelmed with awe. He could not have imagined this world outside his village.
He bonds with the eaglets, recognizing their individual personality traits (which are basically comparable to some of the differences in human personalities too). One is aggressive, looking out for himself. The other is sneaky and Naa'ki has to be aware of him because he will sneak in behind him and peck at him. The third one is his favourite; a happy playful little creature.
As his time with the eagles passes by, he watches the different stages of their lives. Eventually their different personality traits affect the way each one of them develops. They also affect how each of the eaglets, who are grown and flying on their own by then, are able to help him in the last flight of his journey.
When the salmon come to the river to spawn, Naa'ki sees his fellow man's actions from the eagle's point of view. He vows to go back to his people and explain how they must change what they do, so all can share the bounty and live. They will not listen to him.
He returns to the eagle family and decides he must do one more dramatic thing to convince his people. With the help of the eagles and his determination to succeed, he achieves his goal. He injures his leg in the process, but his people converse among themselves, negotiate and finally accept the truth of what he shows them.
At the end of the story, the old man finishes his tale and the children memorise it so they can pass it on to their future children and grand children.
The old man limps away from the fire and stops as an eagle lands on a nearby branch. Their eyes meet for a moment. The old man smiles and shuffles into the darkness; the boy who flew with the eagles has told his story so it can be carried on down to the future generations.
Each reader finds his own meaning in what they read. To me this book is a parable. It is a message in story form that demonstrates the need for sharing with the other creatures that live on this earth with us humans. It demonstrates the need to work together, caring for each other, the earth and the other animals that depend on nature's bounty to survive. Animals are driven by hunger. Man is too often driven by power and greed, taking for himself without consideration for the needs of others.
But there is also hope; as Naa'ki was forced to bargain for his life and learn to see things from a different perspective, there are also individuals who will accept responsibility to make change and take the risks involved to drive the point home.
That message of sharing, caring and respect for ourselves, as well as the earth and its creatures, needs to be passed on to the next generation, so they can pass it on again, down the lineage of our civilization.
I loved this little book, and I will share it with my grand children. Sadly, I didn't find it in paperback. I would like to have donated one to the local school.
The author's wonderful descriptions make you feel like you are actually there, on the cliff with the eagles. The book contains some great messages about persistence paying off and about being accepting of others' differences. The eagle also teaches Na'aki a lesson about over-fishing salmon: "For all to live, we must share." The lovely illustrations by Laura Leikona at the beginning of each chapter are a great complement to the story. The author's notes at the end provide some real-life information about topics discussed in the book.
A great story for reluctant readers, especially boys, ages 7 to 12.
Full blog post (24 April): [...]
Ben Woodard opens and closes with the traditional Native American narrative voice. I especially liked the ending of this book.
The story itself is of a young boy kidnapped by an eagle. Her babies are starving because the humans are taking too much of the game from the land. The Mother Eagle must feed her young.
The wisethan-his-years hero, Naa'ki, convinces the Mother Eagle that he can help her, that he is useful. He shows her how he can help to fortify her nest. He uses his net for fishing to catch more minnows for the growing trio of eaglets, Otter, Wolf, and Snake. Although he misses his family, Naa'ki is learning with the young eagles about the larger world.
He begins to wish to fly. Although the odds are against him, Mother Eagle is willing to help him to learn.
His most important lessons come as the salmon spawning season begins. The death of the fish, in the mouths of bears or humans or eagles, is acceptable only if a certain number have been allowed to spawn.
In its trim story line with lovely illustrations to open each chapter, "The Boy Who Flew With Eagles" reminds us of the gifts and responsibilities of living on Mother Earth.