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Arrowhawk: A True Survival Story Paperback – March 25, 2014
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Gr. 2-3, younger for reading aloud. In 1997, a young red-tailed hawk was hit by a poacher's arrow, survived for some time, was captured, cared for, and released in the Midwest. Schaefer, whose fourth-graders followed the news stories about the hawk, has turned this event into a picture book for older readers. By taking the point of view of the hawk, she has anthropomorphized the raptor in ways that sometimes seem stilted. Children may be mesmerized, though, by the hawk's efforts to fly, and to capture prey and feed, with an arrow piercing its thigh and tail. The capture and healing of the bird are handled gently, and the story ends with its release to the wild. Swiatkowska's rich acrylics have beautiful soft edges and fine detail, demonstrating the hawk in many guises as it struggles to do what a raptor's gotta do despite the protruding arrow. The photograph of Arrowhawk at the end shows how elegantly the artist captured the contours and coloration of the hawk. GraceAnne DeCandido
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“Gorgeous paintings fill the pages, lending mood, light, and information. . . . Unusual in its narration from the wild animal's point of view, this is an important and dramatic tale that should be widely shared with children.” ―School Library Journal
“* Based on a true story and told in unemotional prose illustrated with beautiful, airy acrylic paintings, this will instill appreciation for the beauty of birds of prey and their role in nature.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Arrowhawk is a dramatic, painful tale of nature with a fortunate upbeat ending.” ―Sacramento Bee
“Swiatkowska's rich acrylics have beautiful soft edges and fine detail.” ―Booklist
“Schaefer does this the hard and admirable way. She tells it from the point of view of the bird with no cheap tricks. No anthropomorphism. No bird-with-human-feelings. . . .Arrowhawk is simply a dignified and powerful creature.” ―San Diego Union Tribune
“Throughout the illustrations, as in the text, Hawk's wild and defiant persona dominates, neither softened nor anthropomorphized. The result is a tale of courage and compassion, made compelling by its narrow focus.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books