Rufous Redtail
Helen Garrett
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Rufous Redtail

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Rufous is a redtail hawk who is impatient to grow up and take on the wide world around him. While he is a juvenile his t tail feathers are brown but when he grows up he knows he'll have red feathers, earning him the name of Redtail Hawk.

He makes friends with the other birds: Jerry Goldfinch, Vario Sapsucker, Luco (a bald eagle) Pandion (a fish hawk) and Buzzy.

His mother t...more
158 pages
Published 1947
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This was my favorite book when I was a child. It's now out of print, but if by chance you should run across it at a rummage or used book sale, grab it. Maybe if enough people request it, Dover Books will republish it.

It is the enchanting story of Rufous, a redtail hawk. It begins with his hatching and follows him growing up, making friends with other birds, learning the lessons of hawk-life and migrating. It's kind of a Bambi story told by a redtail hawk.

I was excited to find a discarded librar...more
My second grade teacher read this book aloud to the class in the '60s, and I loved it. I have to admit it made me cry. I cared deeply what happened to this bird. I can't find this book anywhere except They have one used copy for sale currently, at over $200.00, which I'm not willing to pay. I wish the current owner of the publishing rights would release it again. I know the current generation would love it as much as past generations did.
This book was a significant book in my childhood and I rediscovered it recently. I reread it about four months ago and it still is quite educational to me; teaching me more about myself and the society arround me fifty years after my first read.
Kafryn Lieder
Sep 01, 2008 Kafryn Lieder rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young children who are good readers and like the outdoors
This was one of my favorite books as a child. I probably checked it out from the library 10 times a year! The illustrations were wonderful, too - simple black and white.
I think it was my second grade teacher who read this allowed to my class, and I remember loving it! Finding this on GoodReads brought back some memories!
Debbie Kobs
Read this book as a child and still love it!
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