Based on a story written by the Philippine Eagle Foundation, award winning author Minfong Ho weaves a lovely tale of hope for the critically endangered majestic Philippine Eagle, the national bird of the Philippines. Frances Alvarez’s evocative illustrations capture rural Philippine culture and the spirit of this powerful bird. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Philippine Eagle Foundation, a portion of the profits will support the Philippine Eagle Foundation’s efforts to save this bird from extinction.
Minfong Ho was born in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma), and raised in both Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand. Her parents are of Chinese origin, so she spoke fluent Chinese in her home, Thai in Bangkok marketplaces and English in school. She was educated in Thailand and Taiwan, before moving to the United States to attend Cornell University where she received her BA in Economics and History as well as her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. While attending Cornell University, Ho began writing her first short story to combat strong feelings of homesickness. She recognized that many Americans had false notions about life in Asia and she set out to change this by writing based on her own experience there. Her first short story eventually evolved into her first novel, Sing to the Dawn, which received first prize from the Council of Interracial Books for Children. Ho’s later book Hush! a Thai Lullaby illustrated by Holly Meade, was named a Caldecott Honor Book, an ALA Notable Children’s Book and was included on The Horn Book Fanfare list.
Frances Alvarez illustrated AN EAGLE’S FEATHER while an intern under the Bartels Scientific Illustration Internship Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in 2015. Her projects were focused on conservation education materials for children about the critically endangered Philippine Eagle. Frances’ work has been published by Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, The Philippine Star, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), ELLE Decor Philippines, and Summit Media.