In Good Hands: Behind the Scenes at a Center for Orphaned and Injured Birds

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Overview

The Sierra Club's publishing program for children is intended to bring to young people books about the earth, its creatures, and humankind's role among them. Sierra Club Books for Children offer responsible information about the environment to young readers, with attention to the poetry and magic in nature that so fascinated and inspired John Muir, the poet-philosopher who was the Sierra Club's founder. Covering a wide range of genres--from naturel history to fiction--these books look at the world with the eyes of the young, exploring and probing the little-known from starting places close to home. If you like this book, ask your bookseller or librarian for others in this unique program.

Provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Vermont Raptor Center, a facility where volunteers rescue and rehabilitate hurt or abandoned birds of prey and eventually release them back into the wild.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Sixteen-year-old Hannah volunteers twenty hours a week at the Vermont Raptor Center. As readers follow her around, she explains what happens at the Center, how birds are nursed back to health and released back in the wild or kept safely in the center if their injuries are such that they could not survive on their own. There is no watering down of the realities; raptors are birds of prey. The center raises and feeds them mice and helps train the birds to catch live ones in their cages before they are released. The captivating text offers plenty of solid information about North American raptors and is accompanied by interesting photographs, especially the one in which Hannah launches the barred owl she had rescued back into the wild. Couple this with Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching Raptor Migration by Caroline Arnold (1997, Harcourt) and Hawk Hill by Suzie Gilbert (1996, Chronicle) for a comprehensive look at raptors.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Beginning with the rescue of a baby barred owl, Swinburne follows a 16-year-old volunteer through her summer duties at the Vermont Raptor Center, ending with the owl's release into the wild in the fall. Full-color photos show Hannah at work as she feeds and cares for the injured birds that the center is rehabilitating. Dialogue between the teen and visiting families gives an immediacy to the narrative. Numerous boxed inserts add more detailed facts on raptors. By the end of the book, readers will share some of Hannah's knowledge as well as her feeling of closeness to these creatures. They will also know more about the dangers birds face from modern conveniences such as cars and electric wires.--Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871563972
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Series: Books for Children Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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Early one morning, Hannah peeked around a boulder at a baby barred owl huddled against the stump of a pine tree. The owl was small, with brown eyes like dark chocolate.

"Poor baby," thought Hannah. "But at least it doesn't seem to be hurt."

The bird's nesting tree had been cut down by loggers. Hannah had waited and watched for a while to be certain the parent owls wouldn't be coming back to care for their baby. She knew that, most times, birds on the ground have just left the nest and are still bein fed by the parents. But this time, the baby really was an orphan.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Rescued!

Chapter 2: Meet the Raptors

Chapter 3: Behind the Scenes

Chapter 4: Back to the Wild

Index

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