Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City

Schulman, Janet. 2008. PALE MALE: CITIZEN HAWK OF NEW YORK CITY. Ill. by Meilo So. New York: Knopf. ISBN 9780375945588 [Suggested Grade Levels K–3]

Janet Schulman introduces readers to a red-tailed hawk that has been dubbed a citizen of New York City. When the hawk moved into Central Park, bird watchers and New Yorkers began following his every move. People were amazed when he didn’t leave, but actually found a mate and built a nest on a high rise building. Residents of 5th Avenue weren’t happy to have the hawks as neighbors and removed their nest. Protesters were relentless until the residents backed down and the hawks were allowed to return. PALE MALE is a story of determination. The protesters were determined to save Pale Male’s new habitat and he was determined to find a place to grow and survive. The watercolor illustrations are visually appealing. Done in earthy tones, most of the illustrations give the reader a bird’s eye view of the city and bring out the beauty of the bird and its surroundings.

Map out the path that Pale Male took from New Jersey to Central Park.

Research the different species of birds that are in Central Park.

Other books for children about hawks:
Gilbert, Suzie. HAWK HILL. ISBN 0811808394
Winn, Marie. RED-TAILS IN LOVE. ISBN 9780679758464
Winter, Jeanette. THE TALE OF PALE MALE: A TRUE STORY. ISBN 9780152059729

By Jane Jergensen

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