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Summary: Edge (a bald eagle) sits atop the Mackinac River brigde, wishing for friends. Would-be friends find him intimidating, so most creatures stay away. This morning, though, the gulls are acting differently. What's happening? Edge learns that Mrs. Beatrice (a bat) has lost her children. All of the birds are helping, but is there a job for Edge? This picture book offers a story of courage and friendship.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Age of Child: Read with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: We tried for several nights to get our child to read this book. Finally, we just started reading it. She came over, sat down, and carefully listened to the whole story. She liked it, but it was not a story she wanted to read again.
Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are what drew us to the book, particularly the cover. The story was Okay, and the message is positive, but it is not particularly distinctive. The story started out strong (even with talking animals), but then just trite.
Pros: Kids will enjoy this story about friendship. The illustrations (particularly the animals' face) are engaging.
Cons: There is nothing specific. There are lots of picture books about friendship and courage for this audience, and this one just didn't really stand out.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The illustrations make sharing this book worth your time. For families who have an association with or who have visited Mackinac Island, this would make a nice "coffee table" book.
Educational Themes: The illustrations make it easy to use the book for object identification with younger children. You can also talk about flying animals, including nocturnal ones (bats); geography (Mackinac Island); and acceptance.