A young Native American boy, Rudy, dreams of flying. To learn to fly he takes a baby hawk from its nest and puts it in a cage to raise it for his own. As the summer passes, Ruby learns from the hawk as it grows and it naturally learns to use its wings. Rudy eventually releases the hawk to the wild where it belongs.
Written as a metaphor the book invites children to learn about their own connection to nature and the importance of respecting nature, wilderness and all things wild.
48 pages 978-0689711022 Ages 5-9
Keywords: nature, respect, outdoors, wildlife, environment and ecology, flying, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, Caldecott Honor, Native Americans
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Determined to learn to fly, Rudy adopts a hawk hoping that their kinship will bring him closer to his goal.---from the publisher