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 Wounded falcons
 Author: Buitrago, Jairo

 Publisher:  Groundwood Books House of Anansi Press (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [35] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 169856 ISBN: 9781773064567
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Falcons -- Fiction
 Wildlife conservation -- Fiction
 Conduct of life -- Fiction
 Latin Americans -- Fiction

Price: $23.48

Adrian is always in trouble, at school and at home, while Santiago gets along quite well. But they are friends. When Adrian finds a wounded bird in an abandoned lot in the midst of the city, things begin to change.

 Illustrator: Yockteng, Rafael
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 512595

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (09/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2021 *Starred Review* In a wordless illustration, a soaring falcon is hit by a rock and tumbles to the ground, its wing wounded. Meanwhile, after a bad day at school, friends Adrián and Sebastian retreat to their own wonderland, an abandoned city lot, to rest and regroup. Adrián, sporting a black eye, spots the wounded creature in the brush and, sensing a kindred spirit, announces that he’ll look after the bird. His parents are no help, as his mother is more concerned with the earlier trouble at school and threatens that his father will later give him what he deserves. But the boy is determined to help his wounded charge, and Sebastian connects him with a kind doctor. Though the old gentleman has never worked on a feathered patient, he dutifully binds the wing, and the boys return to their lot to continue nursing their charge. It’s not just the falcon who transforms, however. Something in Adrián begins to shift and heal, as well. The story is sparely and beautifully told, with surprising depth and nuance, and there are suggestions of deeper pain and development than the immediate story reveals. Yockteng’s handsome illustrations are intimate and expressive, easily drawing readers into the plight of both the bird and the boy. A moving meditation on the transformative power of friendships in all different forms. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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