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Children's LiteratureDo you or someone you know want to learn more about the great horned owl and its offspring? This is the perfect place to start. One of the best features of this non-fiction book is that it reads like a story, capturing readers' attention and informing them at the same time. In addition, the high-quality photographs taken from a platform near the owls' nest will help readers to feel as if they are actually near the beautiful animals featured. The text follows the arrival of three baby great horned howls into the world, from the time their mother warms their unhatched eggs with her featherless tummy to the first uneasy flight of the oldest offspring. Readers learn about the first lazy days of the owlets, sleeping and eating and sleeping some more, and their hard-working mother whose job it is to keep the nest clean. Besides a well-written and educational text, the first few pages of the book include a letter from the author and photographer, a husband and wife team, and a table of contents. The last few pages of the book include a bulleted list of extra informational tidbits, an index, and a biography of the author and photographer. This book would make an excellent supplement in a classroom nature lesson or would work well as a story time book, especially for teachers or librarians who want to introduce non-fiction books to their students. 2004, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ramirose Attebury Wendt