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The Tale of Pale Male: A True Story    by Jeanette Winter order for
Tale of Pale Male
by Jeanette Winter
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

In 1991 a Red-tailed Hawk chose to live in New York City. Called Pale Male because of his unusually light color, he found Central Park the perfect place to hunt and the top of a tall building on Fifth Avenue the perfect spot to raise chicks. He and his mate Lola probably picked the twelve story apartment building for the same reason many of its tenants did. It was right across the street from the park.

No one had ever seen a Red-tailed Hawk in the city. Bird watchers spread the word and people often gathered to keep watch over these now famous birds. But not everyone in New York welcomed the hawks. Some of the apartment building's other tenants were unhappy, as evidence of the hawks' meals often fell onto the balcony below their nest.

This magical, true story about a hawk's adjustment to city life is sure to become a favorite with New Yorkers and animal lovers everywhere. The simple color drawings in The Tale of Pale Male show just the right amount of detail.

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