Sacred Song of the Hermit Thrush is a reprint of the Mohawk legend first published as How the Hermit Thrush Got His Song. Written by Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden) for the Akwesasne Mohawk Counselor Organization, this story tells how a small bird known as the hermit thrush received a beautiful song from the Creator. The story begins as the Creator noticed that the only songs heard on Turtle Island came from humans. So the Creator decided that birds should have songs just like the people. A council of birds was called and the Creator set out a plan for the birds to receive their songs. Whatever bird flew the highest into the heavens would receive a special song. All the birds tried and many of the smaller birds had to return to earth quickly. The larger birds such as the eagle flew up toward the clouds. A small bird called the hermit thrush knew that his wings would not carry him far. The hermit thrush devised a plan to cheat in the competition. The remainder of the story tells how the shame of the hermit thrush resulted in a bird that is seldom seen but has a special song. The remainder of the book includes background information about the habitat and anatomy of the hermit thrush. The text is illustrated with simple line drawings by Jerry Lee Hutchens.