City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male

City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male

by Meghan McCarthy


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There's a hawk in the city!

New York City is known for its sky-scrapers, subways, and hustle and bustle — not for its wildlife. So everyone is surprised when a red-tailed hawk is spotted flying over Fifth Avenue, and even more surprised when he decides to settle down on the ledge of one of the Big Apple's swankiest apartment buildings.

The hawk soon draws many admirers. They name him Pale Male and watch as he builds his nest, finds a mate, and teaches his little hawk babies to fly.

Based on the true story of Pale Male, City Hawk brings New York City's favorite hawk to life in a story of family, perseverance, and big-city living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416933595
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 09/11/2007
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 354,950
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Meghan McCarthy is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs; Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton; Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum; City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male; Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse; and All That Trash. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

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City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A non fiction book about wildlife in the city. The story of Pale Male, and owl, who lives in New York and makes his nest on the ledge of a sky-scraper.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike the other two Pale Male books for children in my local library, the story here is about the birds and not the controversy about their nest---that's saved for the Author's Note and bibliography, which has more details than the other two combined. A page at the end of the book also gives a brief history of Central Park. First-graders liked the end of the story, with eggs in a nest showing the promise of a new generation. A portion of the net proceeds are donated to New York City Audubon; a definition of "net proceeds" is provided.