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THE LOST FEATHER

Author: Mary Lou DeCaprio

Illustrator: Katherine Megrue-Smith

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Publisher: Xlibris, 2006

Material: paperback

Summary: Eyes-of-a-hawk, a native American boy, is rewarded for his courageous deeds. His father gives him special feathers. After his father dies, the feathers become priceless, as they symbolize his own bravery, as well as his father's pride and spirit in him. When the wind snatches away one of his precious feathers, shame sweeps over Eye-of-a-hawk. His faithful animal friends assist in the search for the lost feather. While he waits for their return, he discovers that the village is in danger of burning down. When he is rewarded with a pile of feathers for saving the village, Eyes-of-a-hawk discovers the true meaning of the feathers. This is a picture book story with a Native American theme.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!

Young Reader Reaction: Teen Reviewer 1: This book is very well written, strong, and faithful. The author creates contrasting characters who complement each other and yet are each vibrant in personality, such as Eyes-of-a-hawk and his mother. This story would appeal to people of all ages, but is especially suited for children ages five to eight. Not only is it exciting, but it could also function as a parable.

Teen Reviewer 2: This is a beautiful story about a boy's love and memory of his father and the animals that help him overcome his fears. I like the drawings very much as they are bold and colorful with deep reds, greens, blues all outlined in black. The illustrations really add alot to the quality of the book and will help kids follow the tale. Because Native Americans are a part of the history of the United States, it is refreshing to read a book with a story about a Native American child who has to face and overcome obstacles. Parents will want to read this story to their younger kids, and older grade schoolers 10-12 will enjoy reading this story on their own. Thumbs up-very nice simple book that is easy to read and understand.

Adult Reader Reaction: review pending.

Pros: The plot is skillfully pieced together, and rich, unique illustrations enhance the story. This story is an entertaining, truthful, and colorfully sketched tale of the values of a young Native American boy.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The story has value on several levels and your children will understand more about it with each reading, and as they mature, as well.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE RAINBOW OF HOPE   THE TRELLIS AND THE SEED; A BOOK OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR ALL AGES   PING: A FROG IN SEARCH OF A NEW POND

Educational Themes: This story teaches that the truths which reside deep in our hearts are what prevail, no matter what symbols are used to enhance them.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Thanksgiving, fables and folklore, multicultural, seasons, cultures and tradition

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