The Hawk of the Castle, a Story of Medieval Falconry
by Danna Smith, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Candlewick Press, 2017
This exquisitely illustrated book shares a tale of falconry set in the medieval days. Author Danna Smith was trained on falconry as a child, and provides an exciting, insightful experience of hunting with falcons.
With easy to understand rhyme, repetition and illustrations, the youngest readers can follow the basic story. Readers learn how falcons are trained, how the birds are lifted into flight, how they soar above the castle, and how they capture their prey. As young readers are ready to know more, each page provides explanations of terms, equipment and insights about falcons. A generous afterward includes many more historical and current details about the sport.