High above your house Father Hawk circles, sharp eyes searching for prey. From the front porch, you watch.
He dives after chipmunks, crows, sparrows, squirrels.
The sun sets low in the sky.
What’s for dinner?
A Coyote Moon (2017),
a father red-tailed hawk hunts prey for his family in a suburban
neighborhood in this thrilling, fierce, and gorgeous nonfiction picture
book illustrated by Caldecott medalist Brian Floca.
New York Times review: “[Hawk
Rising] has a more naturalistic tone, even as the awesomeness of the central
bird of prey makes the book read intensely, in the manner of a ghost story. … The
prose is not cute, but instead informative and painterly: ‘Black talons curving
onto wood. Hooked beak, sharp as a knife. Head turning. Eyes searching. Chicks
waiting.’ Gianferrari admirably doesn’t shy away from precise language… The
hawk doesn’t just fly and attack, he rides the wind ‘like a wave, twisting and
turning, kiting and floating.’
stories about predators generally either choose to make the predator a villain,
or to somehow obscure the predator’s way of life. ‘Hawk Rising’ does something
more honest and more interesting — it simply watches.”(July 29, 2018)
Review (May/June 2018)
“Floca’s illustrations in a classic ink and
watercolor style accompany Gianferrari’s sensory, poetic text, setting the
suburban scene and offering a dynamic, naturalistic depiction of the fierce
predator and its behavior. … Visually stunning and informative.”
Rising, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca,
incorporates an effective second-person voice (‘High from the window you
watch’) to put readers right in the center of this story of a somewhat suburban
flavor of wild. … Gianferrari, often writing in bursts of concise, evocative
sentences, marks the wonder that is the observant older girl noticing the bird
in the first place. … When the author draws a parallel at the book’s close
between the humans and birds —‘Through the night, safe in your nests, you and
the Hawk family sleep . . . .’ — readers will be left wondering about the other
ways in which the creatures are alike.”
SLJ starred review: The
lyrical text captures the excitement of observing red-tailed hawks’ hunting
efforts in a residential setting. Floca’s stunningly accurate watercolor
illustrations beautifully complement Gianferrari’s text. An incredible
companion to the author’s Coyote Moon, this latest powerfully demonstrates
the wonder that can be found in observing the natural world. Additional
information about red-tailed hawks makes the book a valuable educational tool,
as well. VERDICT A first purchase for most
libraries.–Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School,
Publisher's weekly starred review: The
spare, poetic prose of Gianferrari (Hello
Goodbye Dog) joins the realistic watercolors of Floca (Princess Cora and the Crocodile) to
present a day in the life of a red-tailed hawk. ... The clever pacing and
placement of text match the bird’s actions across, up, and down the page. This
captivating introduction to the red-tailed hawk concludes with more than a
half-dozen facts about the common bird of prey and further reading.
Kirkus review: An absorbing reminder
that we need never look far to see wild, beautiful nature.