Dreamsong of the Eagle was written by the late Ted Andrews and illustrated by Deborah Hayner. I had the great fortune of hearing this book recited by the author at a local gathering. I was tremendously excited when he took the stage and then was even more enthralled when I realized that he was going to tell this story.
It was written in the form of a fairy tale about two children in a small village who are challenged in various ways. Each turned to the woods as a place of safety. The animals made them feel accepted and whole.
One day they found an injured eagle and their lives changed forever. The eagle said, “From this day forth your home will be among the woods and streams. Your family will be the creatures that abound within the world. Never more will you be outcast.”
This is a story of inclusion, acceptance, and love and a much needed lesson for our world today.