Talon: On the Wing
By Gigi Sedlmayer
Genre: Young Adult/Fiction
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
What Matica has dreamed ever since she first befriended the condors is actually happening.
And now the adventures begin.
Finally accepting Matica into their community because of an incredible event, the people from the village love seeing her with Talon and demand she tell them about her adventures with the condors.
Matica is now happy to be small because she can do what she has always dreamed of – fly. She is accepted and loved, and because she is so small can have incredible adventures with her beloved Talon. In the meantime, her friendship with Amos continues to grow…
Up for review today is Talon, On the Wing by Gigi Sedlmayer. This is the second book in the Talon series about Matica and her unique Giant Condor friends.
This book opens two years after Matica and her father rescued the precious egg that Talon, her massive condor friend, hatched from. Matica is now 11 years-old and Talon has grown into an adult.
The physical challenges Matica once faced and that once caused her to be brutally bullied and shunned by the children and people of the village has now become her greatest gift. No one else in her tiny village can do what she can…but thanks to her tiny size she can ride on Talon’s back when he flies. Can you imagine how amazing that would be for someone who has constantly been ostracized to suddenly have the ability to do something like that?
Flying through the air together bonds the pair of friends even further as they experience the magic of soaring over the Ande’s, and gain the respect of those in the town far below as they look up in awe as the pair fly by. Now, Matica gets to see the world as her friends the Condors see it, flying high over trees and mountains, seeing ancient Incan ruins in a way no one else gets to see them, and flying their way into new adventures.
Once again, as with the first in the series, I find that this story is well written. I can see why this author has won awards for it and would love for it to become a staple for many children to read. This author has a way of showing young people that the challenges that face us can sometime become our greatest gifts too.
Matica and her bird friends teach the important life lesson of adapting. Both learn how to communicate with one another even though they don’t speak a common language and this is just one of the important lessons this series touches upon. Other lessons include: not judging others, listening, observing, and how to handle difficult situations and problem solve. Heck, I know many adults who could use those lessons.
This review isn’t going to be a terribly long one, I’d just spend my time gushing about it. Suffice it to say that once again Mrs. Sedlmayer has given us another truly heartwarming tale of enduring friendship and life lessons.
So would I recommend it? Of course I would. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. What would bump it up that half star to a 5 star review? Dialogue, and this is me being picky but some of the dialogue I found a bit choppy. But hey, if that’s all I can say needs improvement about this story then you know it’s a real winner.
I highly recommend buying these books for the young reader in your life.