CITY HAWK by Meghan McCarthy

CITY HAWK

The Story of Pale Male
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The year’s second book to shine the spotlight on New York City’s most famous red-tailed hawk provides fun images but misses the narrative mark. McCarthy populates her illustrations with her characteristically pop-eyed cartoon people, here joined by comically round-eyed hawks. The text details the appearance of Pale Male in Manhattan, his romance with Lola and the subsequent building of their nest and the hatching and fledging of their chicks. The avid attention paid to these urban hawks by the city’s birdwatching community receives some attention as well, but aside from some uncertainty about the ability of the chicks to fly across the street to the park (which they do in the middle of the night), there’s no narrative tension to enliven the plot. Inexplicably, the story avoids the stuff-of-legends conflict with the hawk-hating residents of 927 Fifth Avenue that Jeanette Winter chronicles so successfully in The Tale of Pale Male (March 2007). Although this story appears in the lengthy author’s note (along with a “Learn More About Central Park” featurette and a jam-packed bibliography), its curious absence from the body of the text leaves readers with little to care about. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3359-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2007




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