The Eagles Are Back

The Eagles Are Back

By Jean Craighead George; Wendell Minor (Illustrator)

Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803737716, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 21, 2013


The American bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States, was once dangerously near to extinction. With the help of dedicated volunteers and decades of hard work, the eagle population made a dramatic comeback. This moving picture book tells the story of one boy who helped in the hatching of an eaglet. Featuring vividly detailed paintings from landscape artist Wendell Minor, Jean Craighead George's inspiring text will motivate readers of all ages to care for the environment and its many creatures.

About the Author
Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.

Wendell Minor has illustrated dozens of picture books, and his work has won countless awards and is in permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of American Illustration and the Library of Congress. His cover illustrations have graced some of the most significant novels of our time by authors such as Toni Morrison, David McCullough, and James Michener. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. Visit him online at

Praise For The Eagles Are Back

"Minor’s paintings handsomely convey the eagles’ impressive stature and the natural settings they inhabit...libraries and readers will welcome this engaging introduction to the iconic bird." - School Library Journal

"This would be a useful addition to any library’s collection of books dealing with threatened and endangered species." - Library Media Connection