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Ages 4^-8. A contemporary child gets help from an old story in this bright picture book set in a small desert village on the Papago reservation in southern Arizona near the Mexican border. Marta Enos' day is ruined when the wind blows her papers out the window and the dogs chew her homework into trash; then she trips and breaks her glasses. Grandmother comforts Marta Enos, repairs the glasses, bakes her some warm tortillas, and tells her a traditional tale about how to deal with a problem. Sometimes it is good to be a tree and look all ways at once; sometimes it is best to be a rock or a fierce mountain lion; but Marta Enos chooses to be an eagle, who can fly high and see how small the problem is. Strongbow's watercolour paintings set the story in wide desert landscapes as the sun sets and the full moon rises, and warm portraits show the loving bond across generations. Kids will like what Marta Enos learns: "Fly high and laugh. Then come back and do your homework." Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Joy Cowley, the award-winning author of Mrs. Wishy-Washy, has written more than three hundred books, including The Rusty, Trusty Tractor; The Video Shop Sparrow; and Mrs. Goodstory. She lives with her husband in New Zealand. Dyanne Strongbow has won national awards for her beautiful watercolor paintings. She lives with her husband in New Mexico.