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 ashpres12 » 18 May 2018, 10:41

Thank you for your review! I love the idea of reading a book based on a birds perspective. I am curious to know if this book starts conversations about wildlife land preservation. I will definitely be reading this book in the near future. :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by rave_2 » 18 May 2018, 10:44

I think that it's unique that the author chose to write a story with hawks. These kind of stories were the first to get me interested in keeping on reading in the first place. Great review!
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 18 May 2018, 10:46

I think this is a great idea, but it sounds like it's pushing an agenda. I am definitely for responsible use of the earth, and wildlife preservation to an extent. However, IMO many people take this way too far these days. I think I will skip this one.
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Post by Melanie1985 » 18 May 2018, 10:47

The review does pull me in and make me want to read more. To read it from the hawks' point of view would be a different take a situation. It does seem to be good for all ages.

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Post by SamSim » 18 May 2018, 10:53

Thank you for the great review! I read the free sample of this book and I loved the idea of experiencing life through the eyes of the hawks. Although I only read the excerpt, I felt that the author was heavy-handed and could have been more subtle about the theme of humans being destructive. It felt more like a children's book with a "Humans bad, animals good," message. I certainly don't disagree that we often harm the environment and wildlife, but more show, not tell, would have moved me to lament the encroachment of humans in this book, instead of just birds complaining about how harmful we are. Anyway, your review made me more curious about the rest of the book, especially the owl teaching the young hawks and their later migration to a single, sacred place. Definitely a unique read!
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Post by Joe2000 » 18 May 2018, 10:59

well well for an author to be able to imaginalize the animal kingdom like a normal human life is a rear style of writing. And I must say am really impressed, it like as if the author himself was once an hawk himself dew to the way he was writing the story. I am really looking forward to reading the book itself. Bravo to you mj suther.

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Post by Kemunto lucy » 18 May 2018, 11:02

Wow! Talking animals with emotions is just amazing. The book is thought provoking.

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Post by CambaReviewer » 18 May 2018, 11:03

Nice well written review. Thanks for pointing out that adults will enjoy this as much as children. Animal lovers will enjoy reading this story.

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Post by Krithika_309 » 18 May 2018, 11:07

It takes a lot of effort to closely observe the daily routine of birds and publish a book like this. I can relate it to another book, 'Diary of a Snoopy Cat'. I will read this book. Thanks for the review!!!

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Post by maggiechap » 18 May 2018, 11:09

It's an interesting concept for sure, I'll have to check it out. It seems geared toward young teens/middle grade so I'll check it out just for that.

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Post by AnnaKathleen » 18 May 2018, 11:11

The animal perspective in this book sounds really interesting, the only other book I have read like this is Runt (I can't remember the author.) Seeing and experiencing the hardships and the impact humans have on them definitely makes this sound like it is a worthwhile read for anyone, regardless of age. I loved the review; you had some very good thoughts. Thank you :)
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Post by melissy370 » 18 May 2018, 11:16

Talking animal stories are not my favorite and this one seemed boring to me. It was quite obvious what the author thought about humans destroying the earth. Apparently it is all about greed. I did like that there was no errors in it.

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Post by Scerakor » 18 May 2018, 11:26

I have a tendency to love books like this. On reading the description, I immediately thought about an old classic, Watership Down, and smiled. If this brings the same type of joy by following this family of Hawks, I'm sure it will be a smashing success.

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Post by Libs_Books » 18 May 2018, 11:32

To me, having looked at the sample, it does seem more like a children's book. It's certainly different - though, at the same time, part of a noble tradition of animal-centric books.

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Post by Rosebella » 18 May 2018, 11:40

Great review. The storyline sounds interesting and its lessons targeting all ages. Probably a great read for children and adults alike .

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