by Ed Young
Roaring Book Press, 2009Juvenite picture book
Simple text reveals the story of a young boy who finds an abandoned eagle egg, which he quickly places in the care of a mother hen.
The hooked nose eaglet matures into a very "different chick" indeed. Hook's various attempts to fly are expertly illustrated along with the very satisfying double page spread conclusion where he "was not meant for earth, but rises to where he belongs." Young's soft pastels sit on top of rich, speckled background pages, representative of the colorful southwest setting.