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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (May 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399237046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399237041
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-In 1905, eight-year-old Harriet Peters became the youngest climber ever to reach the summit of Longs Peak in Colorado. Guided by Enos Mills, the man later responsible for the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park, spunky Harriet braved the elements to reach the top of the mountain, spurred on by the memory of her mother who died before realizing her dream of completing the climb. This poignant tale, based on a true story, is retold in lyrical language and accompanied by dazzling watercolors. Known for his realistic landscapes, Lewin does an excellent job of depicting the child's struggle against nature. The climb begins before dawn; the accompanying illustrations reveal a deep blue forest lit with touches of orange on the riders' faces and horses' manes, reflecting the rising sun. After daybreak, the paintings change from the warm, clear light of sun-dappled meadows to the cool, icy blue of a sudden snowstorm as the party ascends the mountain. Throughout, luminous highlights mold the characters' faces in a chiaroscuro reminiscent of the work of Caravaggio. To round out the tale, Barron's endnotes identify his primary sources and include a photo of Peters taken the day of the climb, revealing Lewin's faithful reproduction of her costume. With its dramatic artwork, this gripping saga is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
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Gr. 1-4. This is a handsome book, no doubt about it, and at first the story seems amazing. In 1905, eight-year-old Harriet Logan climbed more than 14,000 feet to the summit of Colorado's Longs Peak. Guiding her was Enos Mills, an early advocate for making the area a national park. Also with her was her father, both of them endeavoring to honor Harriet's deceased mother, who dreamed of making the climb. Pa doesn't make it, but Harriet struggles to the top, and as Mills promises, sees many surprises along the way, capped by the view from the summit, where Harriet feels "high as a hawk." It's hard to imagine artwork more perfect than Lewin's to chronicle this remarkable journey. Sweeping vistas, tinted with just the right light, are juxtaposed against near-photographic depictions of Harriet and Mills forging their way up the mountain. The book concludes with an author's note, and suddenly, almost everything readers thought to be true is in question. Harriet and Mills did make the climb, but was it because of Harriet's mother? Was her father really along? Who took the photo of Harriet and Mills at the summit? Barron gives few clues, almost writing around the logical questions ("While I have used some poetic license, the story's historical basis in their successful climb is accurate"). Then he thanks Mills' and Harriet's descendants, but what they contributed, he doesn't say. This may be historical fiction, but a few more facts wouldn't have hurt. Ilene Cooper
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ever notice how much more inspiring true life stories are as opposed to fiction, no matter how dramatic or expansively imagined? This story of Harriet Peters, the youngest person to ever climb Longs Peak, should hearten both young readers and adults.
Ted Lewin's brilliant double page watercolor illustrations beautifully capture Colorado's mountainous terrain. His double-page portrait of 8-year-old Harriet is especially compelling.
In 1905 young Harriet set off with her father and mountain guide Enos Mills determined to fulfill her mother's dream of scaling Longs Peak. She remembers last year, before her mother died, when she and her mother had climbed a "small hill" in the Ozarks. It was then that she learned that climbing Longs Peak was her mother's dream and that her father was going to take her there for her next birthday. But now her mother was gone and Harriet wanted to honor her memory by making the climb.
The trio had not gone very far when her father wasn't able to continue - the altitude was too much for him. Harriet asked if she could go ahead with Mr. Mills. The reply was, "Spread your wings, girl. For us all."
Spread her wings she did. She climbed on despite the pain in her heels, despite a giant bull elk in her path, a giant blister on her foot, and tumbling boulders which forced them to slip and slide. She finally reached the summit. And, when asked how she felt her reply was "High as a Hawk."
- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Fensch on October 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After the death of her mother, at the tender young age of [...], Harriet Peters is inspired to carry forth her mother's dream and climb to the top of Longs Peak summit. This book is based on the true story of the youngest person to ever reach the 14,000 feet Colorado summit, led by guide Eno Mills. Harriet's father is also trying to make it to the top but just can not manage the grueling climb. Guide Mills has his own dream of turning the land into a national park so Harriet and Mills press onward together. This book has breathtaking illustrations and is full of suspense and expectations. Harriet's triumph and courage is genuine and heartfelt and should be inspirational to all readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Bauer on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
High as a Hawk is a sensational story of a little girl's determination to live out her mother's dream. Anyone who has lost a loved one can relate to wanting that person to live on in some way. T.A. Baron captures the endurance and the hardships that come with accomplishing this. The challenges that face the little girl in this book don't stop her and the image of being as "high as a hawk" at the end makes the reader breathe that breath of accomplishment right along with her. Ted Lewin's illustrations add the touch of expression and scenery that make this story as sensational as it is.
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By Jessica on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It all started with her mom's dream to climb Longs Peak in Colorado. After Harriet's mother died, Harriet, her Pa, and Mr. Mills started the grand adventure to conquerer Longs Peak. After her Pa could no longer go on with the journey, Harriet decided she would not give up; she wanted to live her mother's dream and see the hawk soar. Her and Mr. Mills continue until Harriet no longer has the will to go on. One more climb over the top is all she can manage. Finally, all of her pain and tiredness goes out of her arms when she spreads them open on the summit copying the great hawk she sees soaring through the sky. A great use of color, Ted Lewin, depicts the mountains with oranges and purples. The colors throughout this book are magnificient and give the reader a sense of dept and realness. This is a great book that proves that no matter what, no person shall give up on their dreams.
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By Liza Durbin on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This story was enchanting. The illustrator's illuminating pictures really helped bring this story to life. The descriptive language in this story made it easy to imagine that you(the reader)are right there climbing the towering peaks. The fact that this is a true story makes it that much more enjoyable to read. Until reading this book I was not familiar with this author or illustrator, but now that I am I will be looking for more of their work, it is great!
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More About the Author

T.A. Barron is the award-winning author of fantasy novels such as The Lost Years of Merlin epic--soon to be a major motion picture. He serves on a variety of environmental and educational boards including The Nature Conservancy and The Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, and is the founder of a national award for heroic children. Following a life-changing decision to leave a successful business career to write full-time in 1990, Barron has written seventeen books, but is happiest when on the mountain trails with his wife, Currie, and their five children.

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