Hawk Mother Returns: A Story of Interspecies Adoption

An injured red-tailed hawk can no longer fly free, but her instinct to become a mother is so strong that she adopts and raises two abandoned red-shouldered hawks in this true and heartwarming story of interspecies friendship.

Author: Kara Hagedorn & Marlo Garnsworthy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Ages: 5-9
Grade Levels: K-4
Lexile: 780L
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1970039085
Price: $16.95
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“A fun and memorable read from start to finish, “Hawk Mother Returns” will prove a welcome and popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library wildlife themed picture book collections for children ages 5-9.”—Midwest Book Review

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Kara Hagedorn

Kara Hagedorn loves animals. In college she studied zoology. She has worked as a wildlife biologist for Cornell University, Morro Bay National Estuary Program, Topaz Solar Farm and New York State Parks, where she was also a naturalist and environmental educator for 12 years. She lives in Santa Margarita, California, with her husband, two horses, and Sunshine the hawk. To find out more about Kara and her school presentations, please visit www.hawkmother.com.

Marlo Garnsworthy

Marlo Garnsworthy is an Australian-American author, illustrator, editor, science communicator, and naturalist. Her published works include fiction and nonfiction, though nonfiction and science are her passion. She has traveled extensively, frequently accompanying scientists working in the field, and spent two months on a scientific research expedition, sailing on an icebreaker from Antarctica through the planet’s roughest seas, in the Southern Ocean. She lives in Wakefield, Rhode Island. You can learn more about Marlo, her books, and her school presentations at www.wordybirdstudio.com.