Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon *****
by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Overview: A boy tells his story of raising a prize carrier pigeon in India.
Themes: friendship, courage, life in India, eastern religion
Positive elements: The story was full of wonderful descriptions of life in India. We learned a lot about Indian animals, life in the jungle, and pigeons of course.
Negative elements: The story won the Newberry Medal in 1928. So, it's an old book and moves along at a slow pace. Our family enjoyed it, but I think for some kids, it would be too slow to really get into the story. There is also quite a bit of eastern religious ideas and beliefs in the book.
Conclusion: Although the book is a bit slow, it paints such a vivid picture of India that I'd recommend it as a book for the whole family to read and enjoy.