the lost feather


Eyes-of-a-hawk, a native American boy, is rewarded for his courageous deeds. His father gives him special feathers. After his father dies, the feathers become priceless, as they symbolize his own bravery, as well as his father's pride and spirit in him. When the wind snatches away one of his precious feathers, shame sweeps over Eye-of-a-hawk. His faithful animal friends assist in the search for the lost feather. While he waits for their return, he discovers that the village is in danger of burning down. When he is rewarded with a pile of feathers for saving the village, Eyes-of-a-hawk discovers the true meaning of the feathers.

Educational Themes:
This story teaches that the truths which reside deep in our hearts are what prevail, no matter what symbols are used to enhance them.
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 10
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! The story has value on several levels and your children will understand more about it with each reading, and as they mature, as well.
Little Kid Reaction:

Teen Reviewer 1: This book is very well written, strong, and faithful. The author creates contrasting characters who complement each other and yet are each vibrant in personality, such as Eyes-of-a-hawk and his mother. This story would appeal to people of all ages, but is especially suited for children ages five to eight. Not only is it exciting, but it could also function as a parable.

Teen Reviewer 2: This is a beautiful story about a boy's love and memory of his father and the animals that help him overcome his fears. I like the drawings very much as they are bold and colorful with deep reds, greens, blues all outlined in black. The illustrations really add alot to the quality of the book and will help kids follow the tale. Because Native Americans are a part of the history of the United States, it is refreshing to read a book with a story about a Native American child who has to face and overcome obstacles. Parents will want to read this story to their younger kids, and older grade schoolers 10-12 will enjoy reading this story on their own. Thumbs up-very nice simple book that is easy to read and understand.

Big Kid Reaction:

review pending.


The plot is skillfully pieced together, and rich, unique illustrations enhance the story. This story is an entertaining, truthful, and colorfully sketched tale of the values of a young Native American boy.



Title The Lost Feather
Author Mary Lou DeCaprio
Publisher Xlibris © 2006
Illustrators Katherine Megrue-Smith
ISBN 9781425721381
Material Hard Cover
Cost $13.99
Genres Picture Book, Cultures And Tradition, Fables And Folklore, Thanksgiving, Multicultural, Seasons
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