Friday, April 26, 2019

The Hawk and the Dove by Paul Kor - NO

The Hawk and the Dove by Paul Kor.  PICTURE BOOK.  Kids Can Press, 2019.  $17.  9781525301254



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

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