Thomas Locker Catskill Eagle

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Catskill Eagle

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In this excerpt from "Moby Dick," Melville portrays the majestic mountain eagle, who at his lowest, still flies above all other birds

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Grade 3-6-- Locker's choice to illustrate two sentences plucked from chapter 96 of Moby Dick is a strange one. Melville employs the eagle as a metaphor about using one's sorrows to learn and rise above them, to improve one's life; yet Locker illustrates these lines as if they were literally about an eagle. While his panoramic oil paintings show off his prodigious talent as a landscape painter (there is an extraordinary number of waterfalls, sunrises, sunsets, and forest scenes), he is less able to illustrate correctly the bald eagle, at times shown soaring in an awkward pose and once painted with incorrect colors in the wing feathers. The typeface is very large, and because there are never more than ten words on any double-page spread, the book has the look of a picture book. It is doubtful that even upper-elementary students would have their interest engaged by Melville's words, even in this most literal of interpretations. The book will be most appreciated by Locker followers; others can soar on by. --Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, CT
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From Kirkus Reviews:

The brief, metaphorical text here--an unabridged excerpt from Moby-Dick--links a soaring eagle to human experience: ``And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces...even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than the other birds...'' Wisely omitting nonessential detail while centering on the effects of light and mist, Locker matches the resonant words with his loveliest illustrations to date, the full spreads--from a violet dawn to a gorgeous crimson sunset--providing romantic backdrops for the noble bird with its young in the nest, catching a fish in a mountain stream, or soaring free. A book that lends itself to creative links: try it with Mayne's more astringent portrait in his extraordinary fantasy novel, Antar and the Eagles (1990). (Picture book. 5+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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