cover image Eagle Boy

Eagle Boy

Gerald Hausman. HarperCollins Publishers, $14.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-06-021100-4

Serene, ethereal pastels underscore the dreamlike nature of this traditional Navajo legend, seamlessly retold by Hausman. Carried away by Father Eagle to the ""country of clouds at the top of the sky,"" a Native American boy has an encounter with trickster Coyote, receives a new name and is finally returned to his family with the help of a pair of bumblebees and a sacred feather. Readers won't be surprised that, after such an adventure, the boy grows up to become a great medicine man. Moser pere et fille, who previously teamed up with Hausman for Turtle Island ABC, provide this tale with an eye-catching backdrop, saturated with the rich colors of a Southwest sunset and slightly blurred, as if softly obscured by the mists of time. Ages 5-9. (Feb.)