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The American bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States, was once dangerously near to extinction. With the help of dedicated volunteers and decades of hard work, the eagle population made a dramatic comeback. This moving picture book tells the story of one boy who helped in the hatching of an eaglet. Featuring vividly detailed paintings from landscape artist WendThe American bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States, was once dangerously near to extinction. With the help of dedicated volunteers and decades of hard work, the eagle population made a dramatic comeback. This moving picture book tells the story of one boy who helped in the hatching of an eaglet. Featuring vividly detailed paintings from landscape artist Wendell Minor, Jean Craighead George's inspiring text will motivate readers of all ages to care for the environment and its many creatures....

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ISBN : 9780803737716
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Eagles are Back Reviews

  • Tasha
    2018-09-21 05:10

    The third book in this pair’s new nature series, this is the story of how people worked together to save the bald eagle from possible extinction. Told through the eyes of a young boy, this is also the story of how children can make a real difference in their world. When the boy climbs to a bald eagle nest, he sees that the eggs in the nest are broken. Only 450 pairs of bald eagles still survived in the wild because of the impact of the pesticide DDT making the eagles’ eggs soft and fragile. The boy meets with a ranger who has a healthy eagle egg for the empty nest. The boy agrees to keep an eye on the pair and see whether they accept the egg. The boy kept watch and saw the eagles adopt the egg, but he also helped by catching fish for the eagles to catch in midair. Readers and the boy get to see the eaglet grow and take her first flight. This is a celebration of how humans can turn things around and help the environment, no matter how young they are.George writes with plenty of details that really explain the seriousness of the situation that DDT caused. Writing with a child as the main character sends a powerful message to today’s children and the impact that they too can have on issues that are important to them. It is also a clear invitation to enter the wild and explore. George specializes in writing about nature and the environment and always reveals the beauty and wonder of the wilderness.Minor’s art echoes that beauty and wonder. In gouache and watercolor, he creates images that are soft and inviting. They are also lit from within, giving them the glowing feel of real nature and sunlight on leafy canopies. Celebrate the return of the eagles with this book, but also make sure that your library collection has the first two about wolves and buffalo. Appropriate for ages 6-9.

  • Nikki
    2018-10-14 00:46

    I love this book! The illustrations are beautiful. The story is sweet. It talks at a high level about DDT and how it was harming the birds but focuses more on the positive part of bringing the population back.This book is also not part of the official BYL1 curriculum. When we were asked to research a bird we saw this summer my daughter selected Eagle and we requested a few books from the library.

  • Alice
    2018-09-28 04:59

    3.5 starsGreat non fiction narrative book. Beautiful illustrations and I learned the baby bald eagles (Eaglet) don't get the white head (bald) until they are 4 or 5 years old! AMAZING!

  • Richie Partington
    2018-09-19 00:48

    Richie's Picks: THE EAGLES ARE BACK by Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor, ill. Dial, March 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-8037-3771-8"Ah, oh, mercy, mercy meThings ain't what they used to be, no noRadiation under ground and in the skyAnimals and birds who live nearby are dying.Oh mercy, mercy meAh, things ain't what they used to beWhat about this overcrowded landHow much more abuse from man can she stand?"-- Marvin Gaye (1971, the year before the US banned DDT)"Just before darkness, First Lady returned. Uncle Sam lifted his six-foot wings and was airborne. First Lady sat down in his place. They had adopted the egg."The boy went home whistling and grinning. 'I will tell the ranger,' he said."Next weekend I will be in Seattle for the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting. Being a grownup in today's world of children's books, is such a wonderful thing. Some particularly poignant moments for me at these conferences I've attended over the years have come when I've gotten opportunities to meet a few of my own childhood idols. At different points in my young years, I was hopelessly in love with Julie Andrews and then Jane Fonda, and it was so exciting to meet each of them in person.So, too, was it exciting for me to meet and spend time conversing with Jean Craighead George.Anybody who knows the first thing about me would not be surprised to learn that I had quite an easy and fun time earning my Reading merit badge in Boy Scouts. But what you wouldn't know is that when I first met with the Reading merit badge counselor in my area -- sometime around 1967 -- the one and only book he absolutely insisted upon my reading as part of my work for the badge was MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George. So, when I attended my first American Library Association convention many years ago in San Francisco, and I got to meet Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor at their publisher's booth, it meant a whole lot to me, for my identifying myself in my adult years as an environmentalist goes directly back to those Boy Scout years and to my meeting Sam Gribley in Ms. George's 1960 Newbery Honor book. During my years in Boy Scouts, I never once saw a bald eagle in the wild. As we learn in THE EAGLES ARE BACK, the increasing concentrations of the toxin DDT that were found as you got further up nature's food chain resulted in its softening "the eagles' eggs' shells so that they broke when the eagles sat on the eggs to incubate them." This was a big part of the reason that, as we learn here, bald eagle populations plummeted to around 450 pairs nationwide.The 1972 banning of DDT was followed by "a multi-faceted campaign to save the eagle." Part of that campaign involved attempts to have nesting pairs adopt eggs. Here, in THE EAGLES ARE BACK, a boy who is fond of watching a pair of bald eagles he has dubbed First Lady and Uncle Sam is given the responsibility, by a ranger he knows, of watching to see whether the pair successfully adopts the fertilized bald eagle egg that the ranger has received from another ranger in Alaska and then placed in their nest. Thus, the boy gets to participate in the resurgence of the bald eagle population. This is a potent lesson for young readers, that kids can make a difference. One of the golden rules I learned in Scouting was to always leave a place better than you found it. While young Scouts are taught this in a concrete way -- that literally we need to leave a campsite or hiking trail better than we find it, so many in my generation grew up to see this as meaning the planet and that we need both to raise our voices for change and to make energy conservation, recycling, and environmentally-smart consumer purchasing part of who we are. There are a lot of things going wrong with our planet. I honestly don't know "How much more abuse from man can she stand."But the campaign to save the bald eagle has been a success story. A few times I've experienced the joy of gazing upward from my farm here in Sebastopol and seeing a bald eagle riding the thermals. It gives me a bit of hope.I expect that this is the last review I write about a Jean Craighead George book. Ms. George died last year, just short of her ninety-third birthday. This wonderfully-illustrated book, the third in a trilogy of picture books about the resurgence of endangered species -- wolves, buffalo and, now, bald eagles -- is a fitting final tribute to an inspiring woman who did her best to leave this a better world. Richie Partington, MLISRichie's Picks http://richiespicks.comBudNotBuddy@aol.comModerator

  • Joanna Marple
    2018-10-15 01:51

    Opening Lines:Years ago a boy climbed to an eagle nest in an old tree by a remote lake. The nest belonged to a pair of eagles he had named Uncle Sam and First Lady. He had not seen them here for a while.Synopsis: This is a book that celebrates the prospering of a species that was highly threatened in North America during the rapid increase of damaging pesticides in agriculture during the 20th century. This story is narrated through the eyes of a young boy, emphasizing how children can make a real difference in the world. A boy climbs high up a tree to a bald eagle nest, and notices that the two eggs in the nest are cracked. He knows this pair well and also that not long ago 450 pairs of bald eagles survived in the wild because of the impact of the pesticide DDT making the eagles’ eggs soft and fragile. The boy meets with a ranger who is hoping that this nesting pair may adopt an eagle egg he has from Alaska. The boy agrees to keep an eye on the pair and see whether they accept the egg because the ranger needs to head back to other parks. The boy keeps watch and sees the eagles adopt the egg, first the male and then the female! Not only does he keep a watchful eye on the nest but he also helps by catching fish and tossing them to the eagles to feed their baby. The eaglet grows and thrives and finally takes her first wobbly flight.Why I like this book: Craighead George adds many details and facts about the threats to these regal birds, their history in the US and especially the devastation that DDT caused on their numbers. I smiled at the boy naming the pair, Uncle Sam and First Lady. Craighead George specializes in writing about nature and the environment and always reveals the beauty and wonder of the wilderness, enticing young readers to do their own exploring.Telling the story through the eyes of a young boy, emphasizes how children can make a real difference in their world. It is also is a story about collaboration, between a ranger and a young boy. Conservation projects are almost never done in isolation by individuals, but are rather wonderful group efforts across borders.Landscape artist, Wendell Minor’s paintings in this book reflect the beauty and majesty of this species and its habitat. In gouache and watercolor, he creates vivid natural scenes that are authentic and inviting. He plays with the lighting on each page and the skies are heavenly.This is a beautiful addition to my books on conservation and endangered species. It is the third book in the new Craighead George/Minor nature series. Don’t miss the first two about wolves and buffalo.

  • Robyn Reece
    2018-09-25 05:01

    George, Jean C. 2013. The eagles are back. New York, NY. Digital Books for Young Readers1. Opening: Boys and Girls, I am so excited to share some cool bird books with you! Wouldn’t it be fun if we could grow wings and fly? Where would you fly to right now? {Wait for responses}. Well, since none of us can fly anywhere, I thought it would be cool to bring some “birds” into our library. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some stories about different birds. We will start with one my favorite birds, the Bald Eagle. This bird is very special. At one time there were very few of them in our country. Would you like to hear more about their story? Are you ready to fly with me?! Alright, flap your wings a little, settle into your next and let’s listen!2. Opening moves that are incorporated in the opening: Raise questions to spark curiosity, foreshadow the problem in the story, raise interest in a topic or theme, prompt the listeners to notice details.3. I teach a variety of topics within elementary library classes. The themes are selected based on a student interests as well as curriculum goals. I thought “birds” would be a great theme because it would offer a wide range of reading and research topics for students in various grades. Birds offer color, movement and a connection with nature that many of us are missing during the winter months. In addition, this unit can lead us into a study of butterflies and ladybugs in April. I looked for a variety of bird books that included fiction and nonfiction as well as different illustrations. We’ll explore voice, fiction, non-fiction and author’s viewpoints. I feel this is a solid collection and I’m very excited to share these with the students.4.(March 1st, 2013). School Library Journal.

  • The Styling Librarian
    2018-10-13 03:48

    The Eagles Are Back by Jean Craighead George, paintings by Wendell Minor - fantastic picture book with a hopeful message about human’s impact on the environment… I loved reading The Wolves are Back, special… This one, just beautiful as well. You follow a little boy as he receives a huge responsibility of helping a pair of bald eagles decide to adopt an egg and provide them with food when needed. Really liked how the story presented how and why humans impacted yet another species with choices made. Additionally, the perseverance to bring back bald eagles and results of that effort were packed with hope. Jean Craighead George’s books always rise to the top- fiction, non-fiction, picture books… I never stopped learning. Thinking back on Jean Craighead George’s impact on children’s literature… decided to include a few videos below. Never will stop appreciating her books.

  • Joan
    2018-09-26 05:00

    I may have upgraded this to 4 stars based on sentiment for George's work and life. She was a remarkable writer. This is very well written but to a large extent, it is the illustrations that make this book excellent. Minor's work is just luminous with beauty. He has never won a Caldecott which is inexplicable to me. This is a very simple explanation of the successful effort to keep our national bird from extinction. It is a great approach. So often the environmental movement gets only negative press: if you don't help this species it is going to die out! This 3 book series is nice because it celebrates the environmental movement successes.

  • Laura
    2018-09-27 01:07

    A young boy and a park ranger help a pair of eagles adopt an egg. After losses from hunting, DDT, and habitat destruction, American Eagles faced significant threats to their existence. Jean Craighead George clearly explains the eagles' role in the food web and the threats they faced. I wish she had given more specific dates and more information about how eagles are doing today. Wendell Minor's illustrations are a wonderful match for this well done environmental-themed picture book. Recommended for grades 1 to 3.

  • Stephanie
    2018-09-28 08:16

    Jean Craighead George was one of my favorite childhood authors and this book, with beautiful illustrations of gouache, watercolor, and pencil, is no exception. There was once a time when the bald eagle was an abundant species, but their success was faltering. A ranger gives an egg to an eagle pair and entrusts a young boy with the responsibility of watching over the family. The adopted egg is accepted and eventually the young boy, now a grown man, sees a time when the eagles return. This would be an excellent choice to use in a unit on endangered animals and conservation.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-16 01:01

    The Eagles are Back by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Wendell MinorDial Books, 2013Nonfiction32 pagesRecommended for grades 2-5Story of how a young boy played a role in preserving the fragile existence of the bald eagle. The book has background information on the history of the eagle in our country on a very basic level. Would make a nice read aloud. Beautiful paintings illustrate the story.

  • Lindsey
    2018-09-25 01:02

    My family loved this book and my 8 year old talked all weekend about the story. He loved the little boy being responsible for helping the eagles come back and the idea of a small child making a difference working together with the adults. From a parent's perspective, the illustrations are gorgeous and the story flows nicely reading out loud. We also just love learning from these nature books and opening our eyes to the history.

  • Karen Arendt
    2018-09-30 04:48

    An excellent story about how a young boy helped save the bald eagle from endangerment. Includes information about what caused the land eagle numbers to decrease and the plan for eagles to adopt other eagles' eggs. Source here's at the end include additional websites for information. A good book to use along with us tam footage of bald eagle nests in Decorah,Iowa and other animal units.

  • Samantha
    2018-10-02 02:05

    Eagles are awesome! I learned so much from this book like how eagles helped smaller creatures by sharing food, serious how cool is nature?!The main story revolves around two eagles and the adopted egg they raise. Illustrations were rendered in gouache, and watercolor with pencil to achieve stunningly realistic views of these majestic birds.

  • Lara
    2018-10-16 08:06

    I had gotten this book in hopes to uses it for science things once I start teaching. I think it brings up valid points, and I like the paintings, but felt the dialogue was a little insipid. while I realize it's for children, I think it could have been better. Other than that, it's a great book that can stem a round of reasonable dialogues with children.

  • Tara
    2018-10-06 05:01

    This is a sweet informational text that reads like a narrative about the endangering of the Bald Eagle and one boy's story of how he helped to save their species. Minor's paintings are warm, soft, and beautiful! While this book provides lots of information, supplemental resources might be needed for the reader to gain deeper understanding.

  • Sarah Melfe
    2018-10-08 23:51

    Was a wonderful book that was not too simple, but simple enough for a child to understand. Talk of Uncle Sam, the First Lady, Congress, scientists, and the simple fact that bald eagles were endangered would most likely get a child thinking and want to learn more. The illustrations were very real absolutely beautiful.

  • Sandy Brehl
    2018-10-02 02:13

    This title, one of three in a series (The Wolves Are Back, and The Buffalo Are Back), is published just about a year after George's death at age 92. Her life was dedicated to understanding and preserving wildlife and habitats. This story reflects actual events in the lengthy process of reclaiming American eagles from the brink of extinction, told through the eyes of a boy who shared her values.

  • Peacegal
    2018-09-25 07:51

    The writing is a bit stifled and didactic for my tastes, but still, this book is a decent introduction to the effort to restore the bald eagle after the species had been nearly wiped out by the use of persistent pesticides.

  • Margie
    2018-09-30 04:11

    Beautiful paintings by Wendell Minor elevate a hopeful story written by (and based upon real-life experiences)the late Jean Craighead George of one boy making a difference. My full review:

  • Ms. B
    2018-09-28 02:00

    A story of hope for our planet's future as one reads about the triumphant return of the American bald eagles. Companion to Jean Craighead George's The Wolves are Back and The Buffalo are Back .

  • Brindi Michele
    2018-09-29 05:14

    This is a nice picture book for readers interested in eagles....why they're the country's national bird, their almost extinction, etc. Plus the names Uncle Sam and First Lady are just precious.

  • Barbara
    2018-09-27 02:04

    Uplifting story of how the Bald Eagle, symbol of America, came back from the brink of extinction.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-30 23:49

    Disappointed in the lack of back matter here. Also no tribute to JCG? Surely this must be one of the last books she collaborated on before she died.

  • Nadiyah Alanazi
    2018-10-04 05:01

    It is a fantastic picture book. it is a hopeful message about human’s impact on the environment. I like this book.

  • Tara
    2018-09-28 04:59

    A fine addition to the shelf of environmentally conscious books. Tad bit old fashioned for my taste, but I can see its place in schools and libraries.

  • Bree
    2018-10-10 08:16

    Notes:beautiful artstory is blandabout bringing eagles back from verge of extinction

  • Elizabeth
    2018-09-29 07:50

    Pair with Lanie books.

  • Anne Beier
    2018-10-19 03:54

    Outstanding picture book about how the eagles have re-populated in the Hudson Valley Region.

  • Kelly
    2018-10-19 01:52

    The kids and I are loving non fiction books right now! There are so many great ones to enjoy about all sorts of interesting things- like eagles!