December 29, 2013
Vividly Creative; For Animal and Nature-Lovers
It is very good; it is a vivid picture of how you can tackle obstacles in life, like the osprey did. Truly, nature lovers and animal lovers will love this! With a share of mystery, adventure, sadness, it is funny and fun!
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June 9, 2013
I loved this book
there might be some things that some parents don't like but Wild Wings is the best book i have ever put in my hands from the boys new best friend dying from being sick her father was very mean to her but with her new friends help she helped save a almost extinct bird
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July 10, 2011
An eye-opening tale
This is a great story! Wild Wings is set in Scotland, and there is a little about Scotland that people from other countries may not know, but most of the special Scottish info you may want to discover is not given. This is NOT where the educational value comes in. The book manages to slip in little facts about ospreys and African culture during the story. Throughout the story there is an environmental message. The osprey which Callum and Iona discover is an endangered animal, and there is a lot about why ospreys need to be kept safe. Also, when Callum makes contact with an African girl, and discovers that, due to the insufficient medical care in her village, she is going to have her leg amputated, there is a lot about helping people you don't know well when Callum's town raises money so she can come to Britain and get medical care. There are some good role models in this story, but they are "role models" mostly in the environmental sense. They are regular kids who act badly sometimes in other ways, but Calluma and Iona really care about the ospreys. I rated this book "pause" for age nine instead of "on" because, while I feel that most nine year olds would be fine with Wild Wings, more sensitive kids may not. One of the main important characters dies halfway through the book, causing even more stress when one of the ospreys is suspected to have died. Parents should know that the osprey does not, in fact, die, but does get fairly bedraggled. This book has appeal to both boys and girls, there being more boys than girls, but all the girls are very important to the plot, and are fun, spunky, believable characters.