Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Talon: On the Wing by Gigi Sedlmayer is the second book in the children’s adventure series Talon. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of children who enjoy animal adventure stories or stories where the main character has a disability. Matica is a young girl who is trapped in the body of a two-year-old; however, her disability is transformed from a curse into a gift when she realizes that her size allows her to fly on the back of Talon. Talon is a condor and the offspring of Tamo and Tima, who were rescued by Matica and her father from poachers. Will Matica come to embrace her disability or will she only ever see it as a curse?
Talon: On the Wing by Gigi Sedlmayer is a very sweet children’s book that would be perfect for children with disabilities or special needs as it teaches the valuable lesson of not allowing a disability to define a person. I found the adventure aspects of the story to be perfectly geared for young children and it reminded me a bit of the cartoons I used to watch as a child. I personally liked the way that the author not only created her own characters and plots, but also worked in real information about South American culture. The blend of fiction and non-fiction works perfectly in creating an attention-grabbing story that not only entertains, but also teaches! Overall, I found the book to be very well-written and while I found the story enjoyable as an adult, I feel that I would have enjoyed it much more as a child.