Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
This is a fairly encyclopedic look at the natural history of owls. Adaptations that allow them to be efficient predators, their courtship and nesting behaviors as well as the impact of shrinking habitat on the future of owls is discussed. Field guide quality, detailed illustrations are abundant. The final portion of the book is a "glossary of owls," which describes each species that resides in North America. However, no hints are given to guide children who might want to go "owling."
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Sattler and Zallinger return to the successful format of The Book of Eagles (Lothrop, 1989) to showcase another raptor. Limiting themselves to those found in North America allows children to focus on those they might actually see in the wild, but still offers detail on a great variety of sizes, behaviors, and habitats. Sattler begins with a personal childhood story and often introduces a new topic with anecdotal narrative to draw in youngsters. Historical and scientific background information is given, followed by a clearly organized picture of the bird's life cycle and place in nature. At one point, the author veers too close to fiction, translating an owl's mating calls into English, and she espouses a positive view of its place in the ecosystem (a position some farmers and loggers take issue with). On the whole, though, this is a balanced, entertaining, and informative selection. The second half of the book is a pictorial glossary of owls that highlights each of the 21 species that live on this continent; it includes good range maps, specific behavioral and physical facts, and calls. The attractive drawings, clean format, and generous size contribute to this appealing treat for nature fans.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
Amply illustrated with color pencil and watercolor artwork, this large-format book introduces the physical features and habits of North American owls. Sattler explains how owls differ from other birds; what makes them good predators; how they court, nest, and raise their young; and what their collective future might be. Following this, a useful "Glossary of Owls" introduces 21 species of owls, each described on a page that includes a large full-color illustration and a map showing its summer and winter ranges of habitat. A bibliography is appended. A very attractive offering, intriguing to read and well designed for research.
From the Publisher
"A very attractive offering, intriguing to read and well designed for research." Booklist, ALA
"Clean book design, with large type, lots of white space, and plenty of softly realistic pictures make this both informative and attractive, a good choice for owl-lovers and report-writers alike." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is a balanced, entertaining, and informative selection. The second half of the book is a pictorial glossary of owls that highlights each of the 21 species that live on this continent; it includes good range maps, specific behavioral and physical facts, and calls. The attractive drawings, clean format, and generous size contribute to this appealing treat for nature fans." School Library Journal