EAGLE BOY by Gerald--Adapt. Hausman


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A wonderful and unique Navajo legend from the trio behind Turtle Island ABC (1994, not reviewed) about the first boy to learn the ways of the eagles. Two birds feed him magic cornmeal, wrap him up into different shades of light, and whisk him up to the house of the Eagle Chief above the clouds. After a series of peculiar, slightly mystical adventures--in the course of which he turns into a coyote and back again--he comes back down to his parents. The tale gains distinction by relying not on suspense, but on unexpected transformations. The pictures--in the softest pastels--take on the colors of the sky: peach and orange tones on the bottom, white in the middle, blues on top. The few figures--a boy here, an eagle there--are rather sentimental, although their infrequent use contributes to the mood and setting. Most of the pages, filled with big cloudy expanses, serve as background for the text.

Pub Date: Feb. 29th, 1996
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins