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.

  • A rhythmic, rhyming text pairs beautifully with stunning illustrations
  • A historical picture book full of information about medieval life and about falconry – includes an author's note, a glossary, and sources

About the author

Danna Smith is an award-winning author of a number of picture books, including Two at the Zoo, Arctic White and Swallow the Leader. The Hawk of the Castle is her debut to the Walker list, and is inspired by her father, a falconer. Danna lives in northern California, USA. Find her online at and on Twitter as @dannasmith8. Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman; On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Great Joy,both by Kate DiCamillo; and The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M. T. Anderson. Bagram lives in New York, USA. Find him online at

ISBN: 9781406376692
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Dimensions: 248 x 288mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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