Review by Diane Pepper Smith
This was an awesome story of a young girl who because of a handicap had to make her own friends because none of the Peruvian Indians would allow their children to play with her. She befriended a pair of adult giant Condors who entrusted her with their lone egg which they lay every two years. Matica, the child, takes the egg and keep it warm until it hatches in about six weeks at which time Talon is born. His parents Tamo and Tima return daily with food for their chick and Matima continues to feed Talon until he is full grown. When he is about seven months old all he villagers watch as he struggles to learn to fly. It is very difficult for him because he has very short legs, a large body and very long wingspan. Finally after struggling for weeks he is able to soar with his parents above the village, but while his parents return to the cliff where they live, Talon returns to live with Matima his surrogate mother.
This is a wonderful story and one I could hardly put down. It is heart-warming and proves that man and beast can exist in harmony when given the chance.
Gig Sedlemayer is a great story teller and I am excited she asked me to write a review for her. I am excited to be able to read and review more of her books. They are just the right length to be read in one or two days at the most.