Flying Eagle
by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Price at time of review: $15.95
32 pp.
Charlesbridge Publishing
Watertown, MA
ISBN: 978-1570916717

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Using short poetic lines to describe large watercolor illustrations, this book about an eagle's hunt is ideal for reading aloud. As they soar with the tawny eagle, young audiences will recognize familiar animals of Africa's Serengeti plains—rhinos, hippos, and cobras. The authors' deliberate and beautiful poetry describes the swiftness of the hunt and the eagle's need to feed its young.

Reading this book will allow children to experience the poetry of science as well as the roles of predators and prey in this habitat. This is an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2010 for primary students. Supplementary material for the teacher or mentor will help answer questions about the habitat, threats from humans (including poachers), and efforts to preserve these animals.

Review posted on 1/12/2010

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