Children’s Book Review: Ellie the Eagle
Ellie the Eagle: The Rockefeller Christmas Tree
By Paul J. Collins
Illustrated by Scott Brundage
A delightful story about a young girl, Adeline, and her friend Ellie the Eagle, it brings an enchanting light hand to life lessons.
Adeline helps Ellie rescue her nest when the tree holding the nest is cut down to become the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Adeline and Ellie the Eagle travel to New York City to save the nest. They are helped by two red-tailed hawks when they reach the city. Adeline and Ellie get inspiration to keep going from historic New York City landmarks they pass along the way.
Ultimately, Adeline and Ellie arrive at the dedication ceremony of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in time to stop the mayor as he prepares to light the tree. They rescue the nest just as the eggs are hatching and welcome four eaglets, Rocky ( for the Rockefeller Center), Patrick, ( for St Patrick’s Cathedral) Snowflake, and Liberty ( for the Statue of Liberty).
The illustrations by Scott Brundage feature exuberant pops of color, capturing the natural world’s immensity, the luminous density of the city and a sense of flight.
This is a perfect book for the Christmas holiday season and to learn about the Rockefeller Christmas Tree tradition before a visit there. This story teaches life lessons and helps build character while kids enjoy adventure and nature.
Character Building and Values:
Happiness from accomplishment
Professor Sci-Ants list of 10 Principals of Life
Illustration of Miss Ladybug’s Bees wearing t-shirts which list many good character traits.
Part of proceeds supports a foundation for children’s charities.
About the Author:
Paul J. Collins was born in Dublin, Ireland, he now lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. He is the author of six children’s books: Ellie the Eagle, Tony the Tarantula, The Seamstress and the Prince, Moonlight Puppies, The Dragon’s Treasure, and In Search of Bear.
Paul’s books are action-based with beautiful illustrations. His books encourage children to dream big while providing educational, emotional, and spiritual tools to help them achieve those dreams. The books are published by Moonlight Puppies Press and are written and illustrated to be enjoyed by children as well as their parents and other adults.
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