Middle School (9 - 14) Books

THE EAGLE'S SONG: A TALE FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, adapted and illustrated by Kristina Rodanas. Little, Brown and Company, 34 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02154, (800) 759-0190, FAX: (617) 890-0875. Illustrated. 32 pp., $15.95 cloth. 0-316-75375-0 Ages 8 - 12

When two Indian brothers try to hunt an eagle, they are changed into rivers "as icy as their hearts." A third brother tries to find them, and is also met by the same eagle, who turns into a man. The boy is taken to an ancient eagle woman, who tells him that her bounty will not continue unless the Indian people cease living in silence, begin sharing their abundance, and celebrating their blessings. This story of generosity, with its glowing landscapes in colored pencil and watercolor, is an inspiration, but readers will want to know more about the tribes and an author's note is nowhere to be found. Grade: B. Reviewed by Steve Brock

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