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The Bald Eagle

by Norman Pearl
Illustrated by Matthew Skeens

This strong and beautiful bird is a symbol for an entire country. It is the bald eagle, and Americans made it their national emblem more than 200 years ago. Join Bill the bird keeper to see how this bird lives and how it became a symbol of the United States.

PublisherPicture Window Books
Age Level5-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-2
Trim Size9 x 11
Page Count24



School Library Journal - Jayne Damron

"These attractively illustrated books introduce the history and significance of two of America's national symbols. In Liberty Bell, students will learn about the purchase of the bell, its Revolutionary War history, its symbolic use by abolitionists, and its famous fissure. Bald Eagle reviews the historical debate over the national bird, common traits associated with it, depictions of the bald eagle on currency and on the Great Seal, and facts about the species itself. Skeen's contemporary watercolors give a friendly and accessible cast to the symbols and events under consideration. With their large font, short sections, and clear writing, these titles will satisfy teachers looking for straightforward introductions to core democratic symbols for early primary-grade students or for elementary-aged new Americans." - School Library Journal

May 1, 2007

CLCD Newsletter - Kristy Lyn Sutorius

"Told through the person of Bill, the bird keeper, Pearl begins with an historic look at this national symbol, noting the Founding Fathers' desire for a bird which embodied the noble traits of the new nation, including "strength, courage, and freedom." After narrowly beating out Ben Franklin's nomination, the wild turkey, the men decided on the bald eagle. Since then, this bird has become a permanent fixture on American currency and other important government documents. Bill then touches on the bald eagle's eating and mating patterns, the efforts to protect it, and what kids can do in order to insure they will be around for others to enjoy. Initially protected under the Eagle Protection Act of 1940, the bald eagle population still declined. Not until the use of DDT was banned in the United States did the number of birds start to increase. Now after a long battle, this beautiful bird is making a comeback, and Pearl's work encourages kids to learn more with his list of library and web resources. When paired with lessons on preserving our national forests and the Endangered Species List, the work can be shared during Science or History lessons. Pearl and Skeens provide a versatile, crisp look at a usually dusty and overlooked subject, this "American Symbols" title is great for public and school libraries alike." - CLCD Newsletter

July 1, 2011

Norman Pearl

Norman Pearl

Norman Pearl has written 10 children’s books. He writes on both science and social studies topics and can’t decide which he likes better. Norman lives in tropical Miami, Florida, with his wife and son. They have a small, white, fluffy dog named Max. Max thinks he is human, so the four of them go just about everywhere together. Norman usually writes his books under a palm tree while sipping lemonade. When he needs a break, he jumps in the pool for a swim. Usually, the rest of the family follows him in.

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