Official Review: Freedom Is For The Birds by JM Sutherland

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Re: Official Review: Freedom Is For The Birds by JM Sutherland

Post by lbhatters » 18 May 2018, 09:53

I enjoyed your review of this book. My mom is a great lover of animals and so it would be a good gift to consider for her, especially with it being told from an animal's perspective. It's a unique angle for adults for sure.
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Post by Emilyflint » 18 May 2018, 09:54

I love these types of books! I am adding this to my read list! Btw, great review!

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Post by Gmdiamzon 2 » 18 May 2018, 10:02

This book relates the life of the birds to human. How? Well the story tells the day to day activity of the birds, the adventure together, the struggle that every family experience and even the love to their family. So this book is really recommendable for all ages.

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Post by gigi83 » 18 May 2018, 10:05

It seems to be a great book. Thank you for that review. I hope I get the time to read it!

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Post by MsTri » 18 May 2018, 10:05

As much as I do love a good talking animal book, I just don't think this is the book for me; aside from parakeets, I'm not a fan of birds in general, and I definitely do not like hawks, so a plot about birds going on a journey to find or rebuild their home just does not seem like my cup of tea. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though.

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Post by MichaelFaya » 18 May 2018, 10:07

Although it is sounding like a children’s book I won’t be to quick to judge it by the official review. There are many ways the mind can learn about something new, either from a toddler’s approach or from a mature person’s approach. It sounds like a great book that talks about a lot more than one could expect: from surviving to growing to independence; and to think that the writer was just writing about hawks. Sounds like a great book.

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Post by Deruirjjfb1 » 18 May 2018, 10:08

Freedom is for the Birds is a very intriguing story and is written from the perspective of a hawk family. The story is about their life, about nesting, about nature, and about love and companionship that the hawks have for each other. It is also about creating friendships with unlikely critters and the woes of human destruction. There is an element of hope, trust, and survival among the animals and the humans. I really enjoyed the book right from the beginning. Great read. Can't wait to finish the book!
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Post by jemgirl202 » 18 May 2018, 10:17

This story about talking Hawks is definitely something I would read with my kids. I love that it discusses pollution! Congrats on book of the day! Great review!

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Post by crediblereading2 » 18 May 2018, 10:20

This is a truly beautiful and calming story for the senses which I must read for the future. 'I believe I can fly.' Great review.

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Post by SABRADLEY » 18 May 2018, 10:24

What a fascinating idea for a book-telling the story from the perspective of an animal. Although it's not uncommon to see this in animated film and television, it's not common in books. I like that the Hawks meet a widower bird and become friends. I will definitely keep this book in mind when I'm looking for something completely new to read. Great review!

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Post by Anamchara1317 » 18 May 2018, 10:25

At first, I figured I wouldn't want to read a book told from the POV of hawks - that it would just not be my cup of tea. However, I like the idea of sending a message about human's effects on the rest of the living beings. And I think this sounds like a creative and unique way to do it. Thanks!

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Post by Akosua + » 18 May 2018, 10:27

I personally don't like books about animals, but reading the sample was astonishing to me how the writer made it appealing to all persons, animal lover or not.

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Post by Charine » 18 May 2018, 10:35

I've enjoyed the sample and after reading your thoughtful review l, I am considering this as a future read. In the sample the author also switched to include human characters, e.g. Polly and Ernie, the farmers fighting off developers. This tactic kept me reading and I felt letdown when I reached the end of the sample.
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Post by richa1706 » 18 May 2018, 10:36

The aspect which will work most in the favour of this novel is that it will appeal to both children and adults alike. Author's effort in the direction of educating readers about wildlife is highly laudable.Not only this book educates but also creates a sense of respect towards mother nature which we very often neglect and take for granted.Overall a good read.

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Post by stacie k » 18 May 2018, 10:38

It sounds like the author has found a creative way to communicate a message. I'm interested to check it out for myself. I'm sure I could learn a lot about the lives of hawks as well as about the damage humans cause with pollution. Thank you for an informative review!
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