Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Pale Male, Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman

Pale Male is a true story about a hawk who moved in at the top of a building on 5th avenue and the residents who tried to evict him.

The author gives a complete and well written account of the hawk and the protesters' quest to save Pale and his nest. The author also includes a helpful Note at the end to give readers more information about the life of Pale Male. What I really liked about this book, though, were the illustrations. The watercolor pictures depict Pale Male as well as the city of New York beautifully. The dull gray of the buildings and streets provide a great contrast to the bright colors of the wildlife and people of the city. One of the scenes I really loved shows Pale flying high with the reds, yellows and oranges of the autumn trees in Central Park below.

I recommend Pale Male for all ages because it is a story anyone can appreciate and it may just inspire you to learn more about this great animal. Also see: The Story of Pale Male by Jeanette Winter (J598.94 Win)

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