Hawk Hill

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When Pete moves to a new town, he can't seem to make any friends. But one day, he takes a new road home from school, and what he discovers changes him forever. The spectacular images, carefully researched, capture the world from both a human and bird's-eye view, while a detailed glossary of birds and information about raptor rehabilitation underscore the importance of keeping the natural world wild. Full color.

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Overview

When Pete moves to a new town, he can't seem to make any friends. But one day, he takes a new road home from school, and what he discovers changes him forever. The spectacular images, carefully researched, capture the world from both a human and bird's-eye view, while a detailed glossary of birds and information about raptor rehabilitation underscore the importance of keeping the natural world wild. Full color.

Pete moves to a new town and discovers a rehabilitation center for birds of prey.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Diffident and lonely after moving to a new town, Pete finds solace on a hilltop where he can gaze up at hawks reeling in the sky. When he happens upon a nearby farmstead, he is met by a gruff, uncommunicative woman who rescues injured raptors. She carries a wounded red-tailed hawk. Captivated by the feathered victim, Pete returns day after day to the rehabilitator's barn without her welcome. Initially, the taciturn woman has no use for the boy. But in the silence between them, a mutual fascination begins to speak. Debut author Gilbert's textas loquacious as its characters are laconicdraws readers easily and gently into Pete's world. In the warm light and realistic characterizations of Long's (Alejandro's Gift) watercolors, humans and wild creatures share a believable albeit brief kinship. Ultimately, the tale is of a lasting human friendship: the woman teaches the boy the dignity of his reticence; he inspires in her the courage to call wild animals her own before letting them go. An illustrated raptor glossary is appended. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A wealth of information on raptors can easily be absorbed from this readable story of a shy boy who becomes a helper at a wildlife rehabilitation center. At first frightened and yet fascinated, Pete learns from the quiet, competent woman who treats the injured birds that they must be tended, strengthened over many weeks or months, and then returned to the wild. He grows in knowledge and confidence as he develops a friendship with the older woman. A picture dictionary of 14 common North American raptors is appended to the book, but it is the clear, pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations that capture the beauty and fierce power of these birds. Small individual portraits face full-page, bordered paintings that picture the activities of the rehabilitation center. Double-page pictures at intervals show the birds in flight high in cloudless skies and looking down on vast tracts of earth. This is a fine introduction to the world of raptors and to the patient work of the nature lovers who care for the wounded and helpless birds. It satisfies both as a narrative and as a well-researched source of information that can be used with science projects or read aloud to a class.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811808392
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 12.33 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzie Gilbert
Suzie Gilbert

Suzie Gilbert lives with her husband and two children in the Hudson Valley of New York. A longtime bird enthusiast, she began volunteering at a raptor rehabilitation center in 1990 and wrote the children's book Hawk Hill before opening her home-based bird rehabilitation center, Flyaway, Inc., in 2002.

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