The Hawk and the Dove by Paul Kor. PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press, 2019. $17. 9781525301254
BUYING ADVISORY: NOT RECOMMENDED
AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW
By a hawk simply donning a mask and gloves it becomes a dove, causing war all around the war to stop and all the implements of war to turn into peaceful things. Until, that is, a possible new hawk lurks in the background.
I’m so confused by this book. The hawk doesn’t actually change its nature -- it just hides its true self behind a mask. How can that stop war in its tracks? While I understand this is just a wish, it has no foundation to foster belief in that wish - especially when it points out the hawks still lurking to unleash war again. Beyond the plot, the uneven rhyming, that sometimes disappears, doesn’t make for a smooth read aloud experience, either.
Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS