by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Henry Holt and Company, 2004
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
Illustrator Gabi Swiatkowska and writer Lola M Schaefer bring alive a true story about a hawk that was wounded by and lived with an arrow running through its body for several months.
When Hawk takes an arrow in his side, he learns he can fly and gets him to the top of a Red Oak tree where he can rest. He cares for his wound as best he can. But after two days he is hungry and set off to find what he can. He learns to negotiate with the arrow and goes after easier food to catch. One day Hawks gets the arrow tangled in tree branches and snaps off part of the arrow. Life is a bit easier. One day he spots a field of mice, easy prey, and when he drops down to feast, his claws become entangled in a netting. Rescuers remove the arrow and care for Hawk until he is fully healed. They return him to his home and release him.
An afterword shares details of the Hawk’s story. Geared more for the reader 6-11 years old.