The Hawk of the Castle

By Danna Smith

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Gentle verse and sweeping, majestic artwork set imaginations soaring in this illuminating ode to the ancient art of falconry.

Experience the art and sport of medieval falconry first hand in this story of a young girl and her father who take a hawk out for a training flight at the castle. 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 bird'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 transport readers to the majesty of medieval times.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406376692
  • Published: 04 May 2017
  • Price: £11.99
  • Size: 288 x 248 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'“Ibatoulline’s (The Matchbox Diary) stunningly realistic acrylic and gouache scenes illustrate from all angles, offering close-ups of the hawk, pastoral panoramas, and breathtaking aerial vistas. Small rectangular insets contain factual asides about hawking, and an author’s note gives a brief history of the sport and its traditions. What young readers may appreciate most, though, is the story, beautifully presented, of the bonding between a daughter and father.”' Israel Book Review

'“The book is a visual feast, with superb double-page colour illustrations bringing the medieval period to life. There is plenty of specialised information on such topics as how hawks kill their prey, the reason for using hoods and why they wear bells. This book can be highly recommended.”' The School Librarian

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