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Pale Male : Citizen Hawk of New York City

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Hardcover, Random House Childrens Books, 2008, ISBN13 9780375845581, ISBN10 0375845585

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Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City
Format: Hardcover
Authors: Janet Schulman
ISBN10: 0375845585
Published: 2008-03-11 The birdwatchers of Central Park were buzzing–a young red-tailed hawk had been spotted, would he stay? The bird they dubbed Pale Male not only stayed, he became one of New York City’s most famous residents. Pale Male and his mate built their nest near the top of one of Fifth Avenue’s swankiest apartment buildings. Nine years and 23 chicks later, Pale Male’s fame had grown so large that a CBS newsman named him Father of the Year! But Pale Male was less beloved by the residents of the building, and in 2004 the owners suddenly removed the nest–setting off an international outcry on behalf of the birds.


Random House Children's Books, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Janet Schulman
Publication Date
March, 2008
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
11.18 x 8.78 x 0.37 Inches

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This wonderfully illus...

This wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of a red-tailed hawk living in an urban setting. The watercolor illustrations of Mielo So include wonderful hues of earthy reds, browns, and greens. Out of the three books that I read about Pale Male, this one by Janet Schulman was the most poetic. It would be a great book to discuss with a 4th to 6th grade class. Voices of the preservationists, apartment owners, and even the federal government can be explored from what Schulman has included in the book. Controversies present, like the preservationists versus apartment dwellers, could be analyzed as well as the controversies not discussed. Although most readers would agree that the apartment dwellers are the real bad guys in this story, I would have liked Schulman to voice their stance on living below such a publicly watched animal. The author also straddles the line of anthropomorphism in her descriptions of birds having self-respect and pride in their wing flapping. Nonetheless, this is a great book with a hopeful mood and positive ending. I think I will go looking for some hawks next time I am in Manhattan!

This 2009-2010 Bluebon...

This 2009-2010 Bluebonnet Book is a nonfiction picture book about a red tailed hawk taking residence in New York City. His trials of finding nesting grounds and battling birds and humans alike, contributed to his never say die attitude and determination to live in the middle of bustling New York City. The story follows his life through two different mates and even into his legacy living on in the lives of his children. There are some politics pushed in the book as Bush is credited with the destruction of the hawk's home and illustrations depict Bush in a negative light. There are also pictures of protesters and New York City residents that are unhappy about the hawk situation (and subtly are drawn wearing animal prints and leather goods). It is a perfect book for any animal lover and the author's note at the end further explains the history of hawks and bird watching in New York City.

Long picture book abou...

Long picture book about the red-tail hawked, Pale Male, who lives outside a New York apartment building, gives a detailed and clearly biased explanation of his life in the city. The solution finally agreed upon by the apartment owners after the worldwide protests and unwelcome publicity that resulted from removing his nest seems perfectly reasonable---add an apron to catch the refuse of hawk activity. The fact that it took protests to have it happen teaches a sad truth about people. The water colors are bright, detailed, expressive and capture the busy feeling of a city (i.e., they feel cluttered). The Author's note at the end of the book provides additional information about Pale Male, birds, and Central Park.

This book is beautiful...

This book is beautifully-illustrated and provides a detailed account of Pale Male, though it might not be a pristine example of non-fiction.

I wasnt sure how I fe...

I wasn't sure how I felt about this book when I finished reading it. I thought that the illustrations were really unique in a sense that the hawk was drawn in every page and clearly made visible. Without reading the text the reader could assume that the story is about a special hawk. In addition, the illustrations really brought out the beauty of New York City. The colors of the trees, people, buildings, all made the story enjoyable. I also especially liked how the pictures took up the whole pages except for the text. It gave a full view of the outdoors and it supported why the hawk liked New York City so much. I thought it was interesting that the author decided to write about the hawk phenomenon that came form New Jersey in 1991. I wasn't too interested in the story, I think the author used too much text. I feel that there were details that could have been left out of the story, however, since it is historical fiction, I see where the author is coming from. I feel that the main idea of this story is fight for what you believe in and stick up for others. When the owners moved Pale Male's nest, the citizens protested and expressed their love for this bird. It was a remarkable story and almost unbelieveable until the hawk is seen at the end, hovering over the people. I really did like the ending and the overall story after I was finished reading it. I would recommend it to others.

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