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.
Praise for Hawk Rising
*"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