Product Code: 16717
Binding Information: Hardback
Ages: 5 - 8
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Tired hunter, must succeed.
Baby hungry mouth to feed.
Flying eagle, soaring high.
Blazing sunset, crimson sky.
The sun is setting, and the weary tawny eagle continues to soar and search over the vast Serengeti Plain. He has been hunting all day, and he will not stop until he finds food for his young chick. As the sky darkens and nighttime approaches, predators and prey emerge on the land below. Hippos lounge, cobras slither, lions prowl, zebras gallop, rhinos graze, dik-diks scurry—and still the eagle searches.
Poetic text and stunning illustrations depict a father tawny eagle on his evening flight. Back matter provides additional information about the tawny eagle and the Serengeti Plain. Flying Eagle is an intriguing introduction to the African landscape of the Serengeti, which is rich in wildlife but in danger of being damaged by poachers.
This book is good for your brain because:
Nature, Poetry, Survival, Predator/Prey Relationships
A Majestic Eagle
The tawny eagle is one of the world's most majestic birds of prey. After the martial eagle and the crowned hawk-eagle, it is the largest bird of prey in Africa. Tawny eagles are often found flying over Serengeti National Park, a wildlife refuge in the African country of Tanzania. They hunt everything from insects and reptiles to other birds and small mammals.
Tawny eagle hatchlings are cared for by both parents. Clutches consist of three eggs, but only one chick survives. The oldest chick usually kills off any younger siblings in the nest. By doing this the chick increases its chances of survival. Both parents hunt, but most often it is the father that brings food to the chick. Tawny eagles are diurnal, which means they are active during the day. They prefer to hunt when the sun is out so they can use their powerful vision to search for prey. However, a tawny eagle will search for food as long as it takes, especially when there is a baby to feed. Sometimes a hunt can last into the night.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park, located on the Serengeti Plain, extends over five thousand square miles. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language and means "extended place." The land is very diverse, with grassy plains, savannas, woodlands, and clay plains. Over five hundred different types of animals live there, including the tawny eagle and its prey.
Many of the Serengeti's animals are in danger from poachers--people who illegally hunt animals. Poachers will hunt almost any animal and often do not care how many animals get hurt. Poaching is illegal, so poachers sneak into wildlife preserves after dark to hunt. They often use bows and arrows and snares--weapons that kill silently. Though governments and wildlife preservation societies do much to prevent poaching, it is still a great risk to all animals.
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Kirkus Reviews - January 1, 2009In this serenade to the Serengeti a tawny eagle sets out in search of food for his chick. Posed gracefully against a brilliant sunset sky in Ray's Impressionistic, semi-abstract illustrations, the eagle soars over river and plain, hippos and crocodiles, a pride of lions on the prowl and a herd of zebras. At last, after several failures and a narrow escape from a poacher's arrow, the eagle chases down a slower bird and returns to the moonlit nest. The clipped verse gives the lie to the "Peacable Kingdom" promulgated in countless children's books and cartoons--the landscape swarms with predators looking for dinner and prey seeking to avoid becoming same. Tawny eagles are one of Africa's largest birds of prey, as the author notes in the afterword; this one, and his mate and chick, make attractively fierce-looking feathered guides to the renowned wildlife preserve.
School Library Journal - March 1, 2009"Scanning, seeking,/east and west./Hunt continues,/cannot rest." Terse poetic lines sketch the hunting efforts of an African tawny eagle as he nears the end of a tiring day. Needing food for his hungry chick, he encounters hippos and crocodiles, a cobra and dik-diks, zebras, kudu, and more before he has a close call with the arrow of a poacher. As night falls, a weaver bird finally loses the battle and becomes supper for the chirping baby. Reflecting the sunset and evening hours of the eagle's search, Ray's watercolors place the various animals in soft focus against the "Blazing sunset,/crimson sky," (really orange here), as well as deepening shades of blue. Some dramatic views of the eagle are paired with less-distinct impressions of the other animals in the sweeping spreads. Focusing on the eagle's need to hunt and feed its young, the text never names a location, but concluding notes describe the Serengeti National Park where the animals live, the activities of poachers there, and further aspects of the tawny eagle's behavior. An additional purchase that works nicely for reading aloud and introducing African wildlife.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Booklist - April 1, 2009The setting is a big part of the drama in this large picture book about an eagle's search for prey in the Serengeti wildlife refuge in Tanzania. Each double-page spread includes a very short, simple rhyme with a soaring, unframed watercolor and colored-pencil picture of the bird in flight. As the eagle flies in the blazing susnet, "roaring lions/ prowl below./ Tracking, stalking/ growling low." One exciting spread shows zebras as a galloping "zigzag pack." Other pages feature rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, a spitting cobra, and a dik-dik buck that dodges a poacher's arrow. Finally the sky darkens, and the weary eagle catches a weaver bird in frantic flight and brings the food back to the eager baby in its nest. Then, at dawn, the eagle sets out for another flight. Long notes at the back about the eagle and about the Serengeti will fascinate young animal lovers.
The Midwest Book Review - November 1, 2009Flying Eagle is a majestic tale in rhyme about a tawny eagle who lives in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Father Eagle must fly through dusk and into darkness to find live food for his chicks. He sees many possible dinners for prey, including a cobra, a hare and a dik-dik, but it is a humble little weaver bird that falls to his talons and if taken home to feed his chick and mate. The dusky, mystical paintings illustrate the flight of the tawny eagle over the Serengeti twilight with shadowed elegance.
Wild About Nature" - December 26, 2009Father eagle has a job to do- find dinner for his baby chick. Set at dusk in Africa’s beautiful Serengeti National Park, Bardhan-Quallen's rhythmic terse verse text follows him on his long tireless flight. Father isn’t the only animal searching for food, though. This book takes a look at many predators and their prey. Crocodiles eye hippos and a lion makes an attempt on a pack of zebras. Father eagle makes failed attempts to catch a cobra, dik-diks and a hare. The hunter becomes the hunted when he makes a narrow escape from a poacher’s arrow. Finally, he meets with success when he catches a bird for baby chick’s dinner. That’s all for today, but tomorrow will bring yet another flight.
Readers will find back matter containing more information about eagles and the Serengeti National Park.
NSTA Recommends - January 12, 2010Using 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.
Yellow Brick Road - March 31, 2010On the Serengeti Plains, a tawny eagle hunts for food for his chick. The story is rendered in eye-catching illustrations and poetic text.