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Tennant, Alan. On the wing; to the edge of the earth with the peregrine falcon.

TENNANT, Alan. On the wing; to the edge of the earth with the peregrine falcon. Random House, Anchor. 320p. illus. 1-40003-1826. c2005. $14.95. JSA

Partly an adventure story, partly a nature travelogue, partly a philosophical treatise on the state of nature in today's world, On the Wing will hold the attention of any reader who still has a sense of wonder. Alan Tennant became obsessed with the idea of following a peregrine falcon from the barrier islands off Texas to the Arctic. In order to do so, he enlisted the aid of George Vose, a Cessna pilot with an old plane and lots of stories of his own. Together they tracked a bird they named Amelia, and then came back south again through the Caribbean and Mexico.

Along the way, Tennant tells the reader about the animals they encountered, migration, pesticides and other dangers, but the story is also about their adventures and mishaps, including storms and conflicts with law enforcement of all types. Their pursuit of the bird became all-consuming, to the point that they took many risks in their commitment to follow the path they established for themselves. Tennant is a wildlife writer who understands and respects nature, but he tells his tale with the abandon of a cowboy riding a bronco. Twelve pages of color photographs add to the story. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.
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Date:May 1, 2006
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