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!