Early morning and a ruffle of feathers,
A shadow gliding through the backyard.
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 father red-tailed hawk hunts prey for his family in a suburban neighborhood in this thrilling, fierce, and gorgeous nonfiction picture book,Hawk Rising, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Brian Floca.
Maria Gianferrari’s favorite pastime is searching for perching red-tailed hawks while driving down the highway. When she’s not driving, she’s watching Cornell Hawk mates, Big Red and Ezra, raise their chicks each year via birdcam. She’s the author ofCoyote Moon andHello Goodbye Dog, also published by Roaring Brook Press. Maria lives in Virginia with her scientist husband, artist daughter, and rescue dog, Becca.
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of numerous award-winning books for young readers, includingLocomotive, winner of the Caldecott Medal and aNew York Times bestseller,Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11,andLightship,each a Robert F. Sibert Honor book. He is illustrator of many more books, including Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan'sBallet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, also a Sibert Honor book, Avi’s Poppy Stories series, andPrincess Cora and the Crocodile, by Laura Amy Schlitz. Brian was born and raised in Temple, Texas, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
*"An incredible companion to the author's Coyote Moon...A first purchase for most libraries."—School Library Journal, starred review
*"[A] captivating introduction." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Positively electrifying...[an] absorbing reminder that we need never look far to see wild, beautiful nature."—Kirkus Reviews
"Gianferrari’s poetic text layers lyrical beauty onto a harsh story of survival, and Floca’s luminous scenes convey both honest objectivity—the terrified squirrel racing under the hawk’s shadow and then gripped in its claws—and genuine sensitivity in the parent hawks’ care for their chicks."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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