PALE MALE by Janet Schulman

PALE MALE

Citizen Hawk of New York City
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A lengthy text tells the story, again, of the red-tailed hawk that thrilled the birdwatchers of Central Park and ruffled the feathers of the residents of 927 Fifth Avenue. The fierce predator’s eye that gazes out at readers from the front jacket give the book its raison d’être: So’s exquisite watercolors. Her swift brushstrokes take on an energy all of their own as they depict Pale Male terrorizing pigeons, tending to his chicks and serenely taking up residence on the luxury apartment building that became the locus of so much controversy. Schulman’s story is more complete than either Pale Male, by Jeanette Winter, or City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male (both 2007), which each told more compact slices of the hawk’s adventures. Readers will learn of Pale Male’s past romances and of his chicks’ successes on their own, making this a worthwhile next step for youngsters captivated by either of the two earlier books. It is undeniably duplicative, however, and stands out much more for its illustrations than for the story. (author’s note, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-12)

Pub Date: March 11th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-375-84558-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2008




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