One of the author's top ten birds in books, as shared at the Guardian:
The Sword in the Stone by TH WhiteRead about the other entries on the list.
In TH White's re-telling of the Arthurian Legends, Merlyn changes young Wart into different animals to see the world from others' perspectives. Through birds' eyes, Wart learns to see the folly of man and to understand what it takes to become a great leader. White's descriptions of flight, perfectly encapsulate what it is to be a bird.
The Sword in the Stone is the first part of The Once and Future King, which is among Philip Womack's best classic children's books and Lev Grossman's five top fantasy books.