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Hawk, I'm Your Brother

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  60 reviews
A Caldecott Honor Book
An Ala Notable Book
Paperback, 48 pages
Published November 30th 1986 by Aladdin (first published 1976)
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I’ve become such a fan of Byrd Baylor’s art. Fantastic! This is a poem with minimal black and white sketches to tell a story about a love for flying. Rudy loves the sky and birds and from the time he can speak he asked everyone when he got to learn to fly. He longed for the sky.

One day, he stole a baby hawk from a nest and raised the hawk. It longed for the sky too. After the summer, he freed the bird and he had a connection with it then and he got to fly through the bird.

It’s a lovely story,
Cassandra Gelvin
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Yeah, because we all keep our siblings in cages.

It's kind of unusual for a Byrd Baylor book in that there's actually a storyline. It's a prose poem about a boy who really wants to fly, so he captures a baby hawk and raises it in a cage for a season. The hawk clearly wants out the whole time, and then he sets the hawk free at the end.

It really doesn't need to be a Native American story. It kind of makes me think a little bit of "My Side of the Mountain", except apparently this kid fails at raisin
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was ok. I thought it had an awkward feel to it for the majority of the story due to the fact that the little boy captures a hawk and illegally keeps it as his pet. The illustrations were all black and white sketches and many of them felt a little creepy to me. I'm glad the little boy finally released the hawk though and found a peace and happiness with his biggest dream: to actually fly like a bird.

Caldecott Honor 1977
Friend of Pixie
Logan liked it, but not as much as I did. It's about a boy who wishes he could fly, who thinks of the hawk as his brother. He captures a young hawk and eventually realizes that the hawk cannot be happy as a pet. The illustrations aren't very inspiring. I can think of many illustrators who would have captured Logan's fancy more. Byrd Baylor has a gift for conveying the intensity of a child's longings. In Amigo (my favorite of hers), she conveyed it with humor. Here, she conveys it differently:
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: caldecott
1977 Caldecott Honor: favorite illustration - when the hawk is finally able to fly from the cliffs of the Santos Mountain.
This is the third of Baylor's poetry books about Native Americans to be honored for a Caldecott medal. This one is different, in that it tells the story of a young boy who wants to learn to fly. In his quest to become a brother to the hawk, he steals a nestling to raise as his own. Eventually, the boy learns that the hawk must fly free, but the bond they share remains.
I wasn'
rating: 3.5

Baylor introduces us to a boy with a passion, but it's not a realistic passion and he deceives himself into believing that he just might be closer to his dream if he had a hawk of his own, a hawk he could call "brother." (view spoiler)

Does it bother me that he possessed a hawk? No, because I see this as an opportunity to talk about raptors, an
I am not sure how I feel about this book. Clearly, Rudy should not have captured the hawk...but he is young and has good intentions and he does let it go when he comes to understand that it will never be happy in captivity. It is beautiful and sad and hopeful all mixed in together. But it leaves me feeling a bit unsettled.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a Caldecott honor book but quite frankly it was pretty boring as a prose poem. The art was average. I was expecting more.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
The poetry was really beautiful, but I did not like the art work. The art was too plain. I was disappointed because this same artist illustrated The Desert is Theirs and that art was exceptional. This is a good message about captivity. I liked how it honored the hawk.
Hadley Webb
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected it to be when I picked it out. I did not think I would get so much information about the importance and reasoning behind protecting wild life. I don't this is a topic children are exposed enough to, and I enjoyed reading a book that would allow for children to learn a little while getting the satisfaction of reading a book. I like that this story tells us of a place many of us aren't familiar with, that is, the Santos Mountain. This book really shows how close w ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The picture book, Hawk, I'm Your Brother, by Byrd Baylor was an interesting depiction of a boy named, Rudy Soto. Rudy Soto has always had the dream of flying. He steals a hawk from Santos Mountain thinking that if he becomes this birds brother he too will be able to learn how to fly. Rudy soon finds out that this is not possible, but he learns many things about himself when deciding to free his red- tail hawk. I liked the illustrations by Peter Parnall; he uses sketch- like drawings to depict th ...more
Cheyenne Gribbins
Rudy Soto is a young boy who loves flying. He longs to fly as the hawks he sees in the mountains. Rudy captures a baby hawk from the top of the mountains and takes it as his own. He keeps the hawk in a cage with a string tied around it so he does not escape from him. Rudy knows the hawk is unhappy, but waits until the end of summer to release him. As the hawk is learning to fly, Rudy feels as if he is learning too. He also has gained a brother. Rudy feels he has a special knowledge of flying bec ...more
Rachel White
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rudy Soto, the young boy in the story, has always wanted to fly. It is all he ever thinks about. One day, Rudy finds a baby hawk sitting by itself in a nest and decides to take it and raise it himself. He takes the hawk home and nurtures it into a strong adult hawk. However, to keep the hawk from flying away, he ties a string to the hawk and hold the string tight. However, even though the hawk loves being with Rudy, he yearns to fly and soar with the other hawks like him. Rudy decides then one d ...more
Whitney Deaton
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for older readers. It introduces a clear theme while using some figurative language. The children have to really think about what the book is trying to teach. The story is about a boy, Rudy Soto, who wants to be a hawk. He wants to learn how to fly, and believes that humans do know how to fly, but they just aren't telling him. He then steals and captures a hawk to try to learn how to fly. By the end of the book he learns that its not write to keep a hawk, and sets it free. T ...more
Taylor Rench
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Baylor's book, A young Native American boys wants to fly. He asks everyone in his town if they know how to fly, but they all laugh at him, so he stops asking. When he is up on the side of Santos Mountain, he steals a baby hawk from it's nest and keeps it as his own. Rudy thinks that the hawk will share some of his magic and they will both be able to fly. After seeing that the hawk is not happy living with Rudy and tied to a string, unable to fly in the sky, Rudy takes the hawk back to Santos ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
The illustrations in this book bored me, and the story was weird. Was it about believing in your dreams? Or about protecting wildlife? Or about setting free what we love? I can imagine kids having a hard time connecting with a book like this. I really didn’t like it, and it took a lot for me to actually get through to the ending.
Caldecott Honor picture book. A bit more words than typical. Boy feels affinity for birds so steals a young hawk out of nest. It could have ended up much worse, and probably should have. Text more like poetry but still typical. Relatively simple but beautiful art.
Marc Blunk
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Picture book for older readers, Caldecott Recipient.
Hawk, I'm Your Brother, written by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Peter Parnall.

The bright yellow cover for me, represented the sun in the sky. Black and white illustrations of a hawk and a boy are also on the cover. If I made any change, I would remove the yellow on the cover and add instead, the colors of an evening sunset or sunrise. Yellows, orange, pink and blue pastels smudged would have also been beautifully effective cover. The illustra
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is very different from any that I've read. It portrays a Native American perspective and their value of animals, specifically a hawk in this story. This book is about a boy who has always wanted to fly and is very infatuated with the idea. One day, he steals a baby hawk from its nest and decides to raise it as his own. Over the course of raising this wild hawk, he decides in the end to let it be free. The young boy watches the hawk fly away and "flies" with him. It's a great spiritual, ...more
Rachel Douglas
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book because it gave such an imaginary feeling. Rudy had always wanted to fly, so he captured a hawk and then raised it to be released but called it his brother. Although there was some controversy when reading other reviews about how this book could encourage children to do dangerous things, I thought it was quite inspirational. I would introduce this book to older readers in the classroom when talking about animals and maybe even science. I will say, I found the illustrati ...more
Sophie Carrier
This wonderful Caldecott Honor book is about a boy named Rudy who adopts a hawk. The story is written in poetic form. I love the message behind this story. The boy Rudy is so fascinated with the sky and flying, that he believes maybe he can do so if he adopts the hawk. After raising the hawk, Rudy lets him go in hopes he can feel the sensation of flying as well. The illustrations match well with the book because they are simple and do not take away from the poetry. This poetry book may seem comp ...more
Linda Lou

A simple and compelling story of a young boy who dreams of flying like a hawk. The prose is simple but yet compelling, drawing young and
old alike. The impression of flying is captured by the prose reading vertically instead of across. Ingenious! The ink drawn illustrations add character and depth to the southwest setting giving the story authenticity. There is so much here to share and enjoy! My favorite line?

“Not far enough”.

That is the essence of the story. Superb storytelling! Simple and s
Thomas Helean
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l307
I thought this book was good in the way the author used descriptive language and the formatting was also interesting. I felt bad for the bird throughout the book being tied to Rudy by a string after being taken from his nest. I thought the book was interesting at the end how the people just seemed to somehow understand that Rudy was so close with the hawks and had a vast obsession with birds throughout the book. Wished I would have gotten more insight into Rudy's life. ...more
Maria Rowe
• 1977 Caldecott Honor Book •

I thought this was ok. The art is decent, but the human faces are a little creepy. I'm not a big poetry fan and this felt sort of long, and I had a hard time getting into the story.

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LaDow Picture
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: native-american
Beautiful poetry. Might be too long for read-aloud at the library.
Tomas Jacuinde
the story consists on a young boy by the name of Rudy Soto that is eager to learn how to fly. He finds himself always questioning why he can't fly. He says if adults fly around, why children sleep? and even capturing a hawk to study how it is you do fly. Rudy Soto finds a connection to this captured Hawk which gives the book its name; for he wants to fly just as bad as this Hawk does. Rudy decides to release the bird resulting in a connection being made between the boy and the bird. They call ba ...more
Kayla Lazenby
Sep 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Genre: Fiction
Format: Picture Book
Award: Caldecott Honor Book

Summary: Rudy Soto is a young boy eager to learn to fly. He finds himself always questioning why he can't fly, if adults fly around why children sleep, and even capturing an eagle to study how it is you do fly. Rudy Soto finds a connection to this captured eagle for he wants to fly just as bad as this eagle does. Rudy decides to release the bird resulting in a connection being made between the boy and the bird. They call back and forth
Sarah Seasor
"Hawk, I'm Your Brother" written by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Peter Parnall is a picture book for older readers about a young boy named Rudy Soto who is desperate to learn to fly like he sees hawks doing. He wants so badly to learn how to fly that one day he climbs up to a nest at the top of Santos Mountain and takes a newborn Redhawk before it has learned to fly. Rudy keeps the hawk in a cage with his foot tied to a string as it grows up and takes him out often to venture around the desert ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott
This story is about a young contemporary native american boy named Rudy Soto who dreams of one day being able to fly. He doesn’t dream of flying as anyone may think. He dreams of being able to soar through the sky just as a hawk is able to do. Rudy believes that a hawk can teach him exactly what he needs to do to be able to obtain this dream, so one day he takes a baby hawk from its nest. He takes this hawk home and keeps it tied to a string so it cannot fly away. Now both Rudy and the hawk he h ...more
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Byrd Baylor has always lived in the Southwest, mainly in Southern Arizona near the Mexican border. She is at home with the southwestern desert cliffs and mesas, rocks and open skies. She is comforted by desert storms. The Tohono O’odham people, previously known as the Papagos, are her neighbors and close friends. She has focused many of her writings on the region’s landscape, peoples, and values. ...more

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