The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-03 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE by Danna Smith is an informational picture book story revolving around medieval falconry.

Set in medieval times, the story follows a day in the life of a girl and her falconer father as who live in a castle. Along with the engaging narrative, the author provides boxes of information about birds of prey and the activity of falconry. The book concludes with author’s notes, an index, and resources.

Librarians will find this book to be useful for children learning about medieval times or those interested in falconry. Teachers will enjoy the connects to the social studies curriculum.

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Published by Candlewick on April 11, 2017. ARC courtesy of the publisher.
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" I loved learning about falconry through this mix of poetry and facts. Beautiful illustrations and engaging text. " said.

" Gorgeous illustrations mixed with interesting facts on a rarely covered topic. " said.

" Stunning illustrations bring this story of medieval falconry to life. The words have a lilt that lends itself to reading aloud. " said.

" Gorgeous paintings; well-written poems, and fascinating information. " said.

" A mix of poetic verses (which sometimes don't flow) and factual information. Has a young girl and her dad as the falconers, illustrations are clear and realistic. " said.

" The pictures are truly gorgeous, in their medieval settings and in the exquisite detail of the raptors. It seemed a little precious to put the text in rhyme. The information about falconry, in boxes on each page, is clear, comprehensible, and fascinating. " said.

" Gorgeously illustrated fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose hybrid. Personally, I preferred to prose information about the sport to the poem about the girl and her father. The art is truly the star here. " said.

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