Oscar the Osprey:
The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights
Oscar the Osprey is set in the Tetons Mountains and begins with the newly hatched Oscar and his difficulty with relating to his parents, peers, and surroundings because of his unusual handicap. He not only suffers humiliation as a result of it but he faces serious limitations to his normal development and ultimately his ability to survive in the wild. It is about how he compensates for his handicap, the animals and dangers he encounters, and the fact that he is faced with how to survive the unfamiliar bitter cold and threatening winter world.
An amusing and touching story about a young bird who fears heights and cannot join the other young ospreys as they soar at will while they rejoice in ridiculing Oscar. It is a story of his overcoming the handicap through individual effort and perseverance.