Rufous Redtail Author:Helen Garrett Rufous is sure he knows the 'whole' world: his mother, a blue roof, and a nest of sticks. Then a shock! His mother must be going somewhere else to get food! Quietly commanding, she won't let her "handful of dandelion fluff" try flying. Over 18 months we see Rufous proudly grow into the world, and we follow his introspective efforts to understand... more » it. The parallel with human intellectual development is inescapable, and adeptly achieved.
An excerpt from paragraph 1: This is Rufous
Rufous was a little redtail hawk whose life started where the mountains are covered with forests, the roads are rough, and villages are small and far apart. His home was a a huge nest high up in a pine tree that towered above all the others around it.« less