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Owls
     

Owls

by Melissa Gish
 

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A look at owls, including their habitats, physical characteristics such as their large and observant eyes, behaviors, relationships with humans, and protected status in the world today.

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A look at owls, including their habitats, physical characteristics such as their large and observant eyes, behaviors, relationships with humans, and protected status in the world today.

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At first glance, these books appear to be for a young audience. However, by page 10, they get a lot meatier in tone and content. Each one offers a population map and an array of interesting facts. Photography is large and beautiful-a real draw.
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
According to Cherokee legend, the first Owl, who was in love with a young woman, wrapped his wings around her to protect her from sparks from a fire. The sparks burned the owl instead, and that is why the owl has spots. This legend, along with scientific facts and explanations, combine to produce a well-rounded portrait of this poorly understood and elusive bird. The book covers the main biological facts about the owl and its primary characteristics, including its amazing capability for sight and sound. The photographs, which sometimes take up a full page, are spectacular. The survival of the owl, and national and international efforts to protect its habitat, are dealt with in detail. If the book had stopped at a scientific analysis of this bird, it would have been good enough; however, this book defines the place of the owl in history and culture. The reader learns the origin of the bird's name, and discovers the attitudes of ancient peoples toward the owl. The owl's position is culture is also described, from T. H. White's fictional owl, Archimedes, to J. K. Rowling's Hedwig. A poem entitled, "The Owl," by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is also included. This book is part of the "Living Wild" series. At the back of the book are a glossary, bibliography, and index. There is no table of contents. Curiously, there are no page numbers on the first nine pages, and the first lines of the text are reprinted on the initial photographs, which seems unnecessary. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding science book, in that it provides a narrative for facts, and considers the owl from scientific, historical, and cultural points of view. This book contains information about owls that one is not likely to find elsewhere in a single place. Reviewer: Leona Illig

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898126730
Publisher:
Creative Company, The
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
Living Wild Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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