Winner at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards
A magical tale about nature that reminds us of the power of stories to bring out our very best from within the deepest part of the human soul.
Guided Reading Level: P, Lexile Level: 1020L
Born clubfooted ("his legs made the shape of a heart") and without speech, Walking Eagle travels the countryside sharing stories with neighboring tribes: "Because Walking Eagle didn't speak, he used his hands, his face, his smile and his eyes to communicate everything that his listeners needed to hear." What this actually means is left vague, aside from a reference to Walking Eagle's "vivid performances" and images of him smiling beatifically while mystical images swirl out from his body. Unfortunately, the story feels steeped more in "magical Native" stereotypes than in Comanche culture, concluding with a forced plea for global solidarity. Ages 6 up.