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The Ballad of Blue Eagle    by Steven E. Jones & Steven E. Jones Jr. order for
Ballad of Blue Eagle
by Steven E. Jones
Order:  USA  Can
Synergy, 2004 (2004)

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*   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The Ballad of Blue Eagle is a longer than average picture book. In often awkward verse, it tells of a place called Peaceful Valley. We learn that the region's many little critters are 'safeguarded by one royal and regal: / To both friend and foe, he's known as Blue Eagle!' The book is illustrated in attractive watercolors of wilderness scenes.

Blue Eagle enforces 'Do unto others' throughout his territory. We meet many of his animal friends, including Arny Armadillo, Pete Rabbit and 'little Chip Munk, who can fit in your shoe.' The plot thickens when Clugar the Cougar sneaks into the valley, and chases little Pete Rabbit, who has the good habit of rising early to get his chores done. Clugar pounces as Pete plays with his friends. Of course, the story's hero is called to the rescue and teaches the villain a lesson.

In fact, this is a tale with several good lessons, one which comes at the end in the form of a song from Toby Turple (a purple turtle) about the benefits of a slower pace in life - music is included at the back of the book. Though rough around the edges, The Ballad of Blue Eagle is a cute story emphasizing positive values.

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