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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
An evil-eyed eagle with outstretched razor-sharp talons adorns this book's cover. Anticipation appears to ride with it as it swoops in for an attack. That anticipation carries the reader right into the book's first section that aptly addresses "Hunters of the Sky" and explains that these birds are also known as raptors from the Latin word rapere which means "to grab or seize." Some birds of prey covered in this book from the "100 Things You Should Know About" series are vultures, gyrfalcons, peregrines, barn owls, ospreys, and condors. Well-written sections cover such topics as the birds' keen eyesight and sharp sense of smell, how they hover and soar, their migration, and their hunting weapons. As with other books in the series, this one highlights 100 interesting and important paragraphs that offer concise, easy-to-understand text. Several realistic illustrations and photos enhance and support the text. Spreads showing a looping pattern for the flight of eagles, a map of the world with migratory patterns, and a fantastic wing-flapping sequence of a Tawny Owl are especially well-illustrated. Sidebars with "I don't believe it" information, quizzes, and activity ideas add to the fun. The book is an excellent supplement to science lessons but is interesting enough to be picked up by any reader who enjoys learning more about birds. The book is well-formatted to make it easy to gather information for reports. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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