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Fly, Eagle, Fly!

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After a stormy night, a farmer searching for his lost calf finds a baby eagle that has been blown out of its nest. He takes it home and raises it with his chickens. But when his friend comes to visit one day, he tells the farmer that an eagle should be flying high in the sky, not scrabbling on the ground for grain. How the farmer's friend proves that the bird is an eagle a ...more
Published by Frances Lincoln Ltd (first published 2000)
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Fly, Eagle, Fly! An African Tale retold by Christopher Gregorowski

This story is about an orphaned Eagle who is rescued by a farmer and raised as a chicken. One day the Farmer’s friend pays him a visit and when he sees the Eagle amongst the chickens he is determined to prove that the Eagle is not a chicken. But the Farmer reassures him that the Eagle is a chicken because it behaves like a chicken. After much encouragement the Eagle is too afraid to lift off and fly. So the Farmer’s friend decides
Theme: Expressive tale to encourage children to embrace and experience their greatness.

A farmer finds an eagle and raises it to behave like a chicken, until a friend helps the eagle learn to find its rightful place in the sky. A great multicultural book conveying a good theme of self-esteem, cultural pride, and confidence. The illustrations are more mature than most children’s books, but they fit well for this age level. Heightens the reader’s horizon because the characters are convincing, real,
Nsiah Stephen
"My people of Africa, we are created in the image of God, but men have made us think we are chickens, and still think we are; but we are eagles. Don't be content with the food of the chicken! Stretch forth your wings and fly!"

"How frequently we have thought that we were chickens destined to spend our lives limited to an earthly existence with limited horizons, whereas we are made for something far more noble. We are made for the Sublime, the transcendent. We are not bound to this earth and a hum
Rene Spector Johnson
A beautiful story...all children should be so lucky to have a loved one read this to them....we should all be so lucky to allow the message of this book to seep into our understanding of our spirits. As Desmond Tutu said in the Foreword: "We are made for the sublime, the transcendent. We are not bound to this earth and a humdrum existence but are made for something glorious" Indeed. This is one of those books you want to buy for all your friends and family.

Update: we read this again as a book to
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An African man discovers an abandoned, newly hatched eagle and brings it back to his village, where he raises it among his chickens. The eagle, easily influenced by its surroundings, does what the other chickens do: clucks, pecks and does everything else the chickens do. This is until a visitor to the village tries to set things right. The visitor insists that the eagle be restored to its birth-right: "You belong not to the earth, but to the sky. Fly, eagle, fly!"

This story was used in KS2 (year
Erin Ingold
Fly, Eagle, Fly! is an incredible multicultural picture book that depicts the theme of self-esteem. This is a great story for elementary students to read and develop a sense of finding oneself. The author gives a message within this story for children to "soar to success." Do not stop, keep striving for greatness!
Suphia Ansari
A beautifully illustrated book about a eagle who has been brought up as a chicken. This book creates a fantastic ethical discussion in KS2. The book is a great resource for creating thought bubbles, narrative script and role play.

When a farmer finds a baby eagle that has been blown from its nest, he takes it home and raises it with his chickens. But when the farmer's friend comes to visit, he tells the farmer that an eagle should be flying high in the sky, not scrabbling around on the ground for
Mary Anjali
This is a simple folk tale about a man who finds an injured eagle as a baby and nurse's back to health. He raises it as one of his chickens and the eagle acts and believes that he is a chicken. A neighbor comes to see this eagle and knows that it's true calling is to fly. Time after time he trys to get the eagle to fly but the eagle is scared and does not know how. Eventually the villager tells the man that they must take the bird up to the mountains so it can feel where it belongs, where it wa ...more
An eagle chick orphaned and raised as a chicken completely forgets its potential.

This brilliant book can be enjoyed for the guaranteed giggles of embarrassment at the eagle’s ridiculous situation, or to prompt discussions of life, limits and the potential of the human spirit.

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Leslie Zinsmeister
I loved the art in this book. This book is about a farmer that comes across a baby eagle and raises it with his chickens. The underlying message of the book can be a great lesson to teach the children; finding you true self and becoming independent and soaring to success.
Lovely and moving. Although it may take some a while to catch on to the metaphor, this beautifully-illustrated story will inspire children to spread their wings and fly rather than settle for scratching with the chickens in the dirt.
Love the book❤
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