The Eagle – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels


51ydgzkg3ol    The Eagle (Lighthouse Family – Volume 3) – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels,   Beach Lane Books, 9780689862434, 2004

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Animal Adventure, Early Reading in a Series 

What did you like about the book? I loved the Lighthouse Family as an intentional household of  helpful animals, including a cat Pandora, the dog Seabold, and three mice, Whistler, Lila & Tiny. In Volume 3 – The Eagle, we read of the family’s next adventure, as Whistler and Lila are allowed to question authority, become empowered  and grow as  they venture out from their comfort zone along the seacoast  into the forest. With the use of a compass they hope to travel safely, until they lose the compass and become lost in the woods. Thankfully Stanley the Eagle, leads them back to the lighthouse, while encouraging their adventure and rewarding their bravery. The illustrations in soft charcoal tones are tender and expressive, with great details to linger over. By the end of Volume 3, you are looking forward to their next adventure.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would suggest this Lighthouse Series, Vol 3- The Eagle to families and children that have been introduced to the  series, love adventure stories, shared together or read alone. The realistic personalities of each character and the values they portray of helping, sharing, in a community will reinforce the love of reading and the positive goals of society.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School Librarians, parents that want a good series for bed time reading to children.

Where would you shelve it ? Elementary reading books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review:  12/21/2016

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