Title: Hawk Mother: The Story of a Red-tailed Hawk Who Hatched Chickens
Author: Kara Hagedorn
Recommended for: students in grades K-4, either as a class read-aloud, one-on-one sharing or for independent reading
Call Number/Link: E 598.944 HAG
What happens when two baby chickens find themselves in a nest with a hawk? Don’t hawks usually eat chickens? Sunshine, a red-tailed hawk, can no longer fly free. But her instinct to be a mother is so strong that she builds a nest in her aviary every spring and lays two infertile eggs. One year, Kara, her caretaker, decides to try something different. She gives Sunshine two chicken eggs. Join zoologist Kara Hagedorn and Sunshine to find out what happens in this delightful story of interspecies cooperation.
This book is both informative nonfiction for children and an interesting read-aloud. Win-Win! I think kids in kindergarten and up would be able to understand it best. (And enjoy it most due to “getting” it.)