A delightful read for children and adults alike, younger children may have some difficulty with some of the wording

This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Kindle Edition)
Talon Come Fly With Me is the book one in the Talon series written by Gigi Sedlmayer. I was not sure what to expect with this book and was pleasantly surprised with the fun adventures that were to be found on page after page of this brilliantly written and exciting story. This book is a great adventure book that both children and adults will enjoy. While this is a book written for children primarily, some of the wording can be difficult to decipher, which might confuse children under age 10. If you are planning on letting a younger child enjoy Talon Come Fly With Me, I would recommend that they read this book with an adult who can explain anything that they do not understand

I had the delightful pleasure to read this book with a 11 year old girl and her 13 year old brother. The book is well written and makes for a great discussion about the endangered condor. Between each chapter of the book there is a black and white awning of a condor. I would have preferred some type of actual drawing or illustration to make the book seem a little more cohesive and not like a bunch of separate chapters piled one on top of the other to form a book. I found this book somewhat difficult to get through. The 11 year old girl who I read this book with was extremely interested in the book and the book prompted a discussion about a time when she visited Condor Ridge at a local zoo and how she thought that the condor was a very majestic looking bird. The 13 year old boy who I read this book with seemed very interested in the book and the character of Aikon. One of the good things about this book is that there are characters that both girls and boys can relate to, something that is missing in similar books written for children

Caution, there may be spoilers ahead

Talon Come Fly With Me has an easy to follow plot and story line. The story is about a little girl named Matica, her brother Aikon, Tamo, and Timo. Tamo and Timo are condors that Matica has as pets. Matica is inspired to save condor eggs from poachers and the story is thrilled with her adventures of wanting to do the right thing and protect something that she cares about. Matica is disabled and I found that she’s a strong character for disabled children to relate to. I sometimes work with special education students, so I decided to introduce this book to them as well. They loved the character of Matica as it was someone whom they could relate to. In the end, this book teaches a valuable lesson about loving people for who they are, and not because of their outward appearance, a lesson that is important to all of mankind, and not just to children

At the end of the day, Talon Come Fly With Me is a delightful adventure story that young children will love. The kids I read this book with were excited to see what would happen to Matica and the condors. Anytime children are excited about reading, it’s a good thing

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review

Talon Come Fly With Me_cover website

About Gigi Sedlmayer

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich. Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books. In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years. In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992. Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, 'Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life'. She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing. Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life. She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4x4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD's or going to the movies.
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