Eala: Mother Swan

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Hugo, a small boy who has been bullied, finds comfort in visiting the swans that swim along the river.  His Grandmother has told him about Eala, the mother swan, who has magic abilities. Hugo, unlike the other boys, still believes there is magic and one evening at sunset he goes in search of the mother swan seeking her magic to free him of his sadness.

Once again author Ayn Cates Sullivan spins her magic through fable. This time, a story of a boys journey into the magic realm of nature that heals. As with her award winning books, the Sparkle Series, and A Story of Becoming, Ayn introduces children of all ages to a new way of perceiving themselves through the beauty of nature…trees that bloom offering gifts, animals and birds that communicate, not through words, but by acting as guides to worlds outside the ordinary.  The “other worlds” in Ayn’s stories introduce us to the nurturing energy of trees, the music of the stars, swans that give us wings to soar beyond the “sharp stones that hurt.”

Her books help us all to connect with the natural world so that, as Eala the mother swan teaches, we can rediscover our inner song, and the ancient magic that allows us to remember “what it was like to feel fully alive and part of all that exists.”

Eala, Mother Swan is a fable for our time, for boys and girls—and for us all. Eala, this Mother Swan, takes you to a new awakening of the spirit of a young boy into the wonder and majesty of what is to become his life.  The grace of this mystical swan reminds us that nature is indeed our teacher and within its wonders holds the understanding of the Universe in which we live…..enjoy!

— Reviewed by Linda Foster

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“Eala, Mother Swan / La Madre Cisne by Ayn Cates Sullivan is a 32- page-long children’s illustrated book, beautifully crafted in detailed pastel colors. It is a fairy tale written in both English and Spanish simultaneously. A young boy named Hugo goes in search of the Eala, the magical swan his grandmother has told him about. He finds her just as she is preparing to fly between the worlds. Circling back down, Hugo climbs on her back and she takes him between the crack of night and day so he can find the songs and colors of his heart and soul. But the story goes deeper, for we come to understand the child has suffered wounds for ever so long. By taking this ride can he allow his soul to be restored, and learn the importance of being childlike again?

I liked the way the author chose to bring two languages onto the same page—an excellent way to learn Spanish (or English words) and to slow down and thoroughly enjoy the story. The story itself is of a gentle soul who seeks magic, with the hope of attaining something greater than what he currently is. Can he learn his value and restore what was once lost? Eala, Mother Swan / La Madre Cisne, by Ayn Cates Sullivan, is a beautifully illustrated book that children will enjoy reading over and over. The magical story passed down from past generations illustrates the importance of family and traditions. A recommended read.”

— Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers’ Favorite 

MORE PRAISE FOR EALA

Mother Swan

“Once there was a boy who could not remember who he was, but he was very lucky. The Great Swan heard him and invited to take him flying between the stars, so he could remember his True Nature. All night they flew… gathering the gemstones and diamonds of his soul. In the morning when the sun rose, the Great Swan slipped back between the worlds. When the boy stepped back onto the shore, he brought his dream gifts with him, and from that point on he knew how to live in a world in which all sentient beings thrive…” – from Kings & Heroes…

MOTHER SWAN LAUNCHING IN 2021

“Once there was a boy who could not remember who he was, but he was very lucky. The Great Swan heard him and invited to take him flying between the stars, so he could remember his True Nature. All night they flew… gathering the gemstones and diamonds of his soul. In the morning when the sun rose, the Great Swan slipped back between the worlds. When the boy stepped back onto the shore, he brought his dream gifts with him, and from that point on he knew how to live in a world in which all sentient beings thrive…” – from MOTHER SWAN

Illustrations by Paige Ozma Ashmore