The Hawk of the Castle

The  Hawk of the Castle
by Danna Smith
illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
published by Candlewick Press
April 2017
Nonfiction Picture Book
Ages 4 and up
ISBN-10: 0763679925
ISBN-13: 978-0763679927

Gentle verse and sweeping, majestic artwork set imaginations soaring in a handsome and illuminating ode to the ancient art of falconry.

Join a young girl and her father, the falconer at a medieval castle, as they experience the joys of taking a goshawk out for a training flight. The girl leads readers through all the preparations and equipment needed for the flight — from the hawk’s hood and bells to the falconer’s glove — culminating in a dramatic demonstration of the hawk’s hunting skill. Bagram Ibatoulline’s masterful illustrations capture the vivid details and beauty of a day spent hawking, while Danna Smith’s poetic storytelling will make readers long to experience the art and sport of falconry firsthand.

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An imaginative and unique title to introduce elementary schoolers to hawks and falconry in a medieval setting—an ideal read-aloud selection, too.

school library journal starred review

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Starred Review School Library Journal
  • Starred Review Publishers Weekly
  • 2018 Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People from The National Council for Social Studies and  The Children’s Book Council.
  • Imagination Soup’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2017
  • Chicago Public Library’s list of Best Informational Books For Younger Readers
  • 2017 Rhyme Revolution’s Top 20 rhyming picture books

Gentle verse and sweeping, majestic artwork —an ode to the ancient art of falconry. Check out this amazing children’s book!