The Lost Feather
When the wind suddenly snatches away one of the feathers during a windstorm, Eyes-of-a-Hawk is convinced that the village will no longer think he is brave. Even worse, his fathers spirit will be ashamed of the loss and his son. Helped by his mother and animal friends along the way, Eyes-of-a-Hawk learns an important lesson about self-worth.
A quick and vibrant read for children, this story will transport readers back to the American West. Filled with colorful and unique illustrations, and with a great message, this is a great first work from the author (whos a chemist-turned-writer!). Recommended for ages 6 and up.
This book comes to life in the classroom, especially during Thanksgiving preparation. I ran an easy interactive activity during the telling of the story. My first graders each selected a colorful feather (available at craft shops) from a basket that was passed around and held onto it for almost the entire storytelling. Before the surprise ending, each child contributed his or her feather back into the basket, and felt like they were part of the story of friendship with the protagonist, Eyes-of-a-Hawk. We celebrated our own little Thanksgiving afterwards with corn muffins and juice.