Author(s): Danna Smith; Bagram Ibatoulline
Gentle verse and sweeping, majestic artwork set imaginations soaring in a handsome and illuminating ode to the ancient art of falconry.
Join a young girl and her father, the falconer at a medieval castle, as they experience the joys of taking a goshawk out for a training flight. The girl leads readers through all the preparations and equipment needed for the flight -- from the hawk's hood and bells to the falconer's gloves -- culminating in a dramatic demonstration of the hawk's hunting skill. Bagram Ibatoulline's masterful illustrations capture the vivid details and beauty of a day spent hawking, while Danna Smith's poetic storytelling will make readers long to experience the art and sport of falconry firsthand.
Danna Smith is an award-winning author of a number of picture books, including Two at the Zoo, Arctic White and Swallow the Leader. The Hawk of the Castle is her debut to the Walker list, and is inspired by her father, a falconer. Danna lives in northern California, USA. Find her online at dannasmithbooks.com and on Twitter as @dannasmith8. Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman; On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Great Joy,both by Kate DiCamillo; and The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M. T. Anderson. Bagram lives in New York, USA. Find him online at bagramibatoulline.com.