Books by Fran Hawk

THE H.L. HUNLEY SUBMARINE by Fran Hawk
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"A patchwork production, far less seaworthy than, for instance, Sally Walker's two titles on the subject. (map, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
The story of the first attack submarine's drastically brief career and, nearly a century and a half later, rediscovery. Read full book review >
COUNT DOWN TO FALL by Fran Hawk
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2009

Beginning with the number ten, Hawk's verses count down different tree leaves/seeds in all their fall glory. "Nine dogwood leaves / bright shining scarlet, / drifting down, down, down— / like the tail of a comet." While the text is problematic—there are rhyme and scansion issues and one page does not name the tree featured at all—Neidigh's illustrations do not disappoint. Detailed borders include close-up views of the bark of each tree while corners depict the whole tree, the leaves (both summer and fall colors) and the seeds. Woodland animals round out each spread, in which readers can count the leaves. Most are very clear, but extra objects may occasionally confuse readers. Backmatter gives readers a chance to test their knowledge of plant parts, categorize leaves according to their shape, match summer and fall leaves and learn how people and animals use some of the trees featured in the text. The visual details make this a delight to the eye, but unfortunately the verses are not music to the ear. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >