Children's LiteratureThe fascinating subject of owls is brought to life in this book from the "Animal Predators" series. After a brief explanation of what a predator is, the reasons why owls make good hunters (such as being able to see at night and having sharp talons) are listed. The various assets of different types of owls are further explained as well. A step-by-step explanation of how the great gray owl hunts is very exciting. Next, the way an owl eats and digests its food is explained. How owls care for their feathers and the importance of these feathers to an owl's survival (not only contributing to flight, but also providing camouflage) is described. The mating habits and rituals of owls are then explained. Next, the hatching and care of owl chicks is described in detail. The lessons young owls learn in flying and hunting are also explained. A "Looking Back" section of questions asks questions of the reader and gives clues on how to find the answers. The wonderful clear photographs give the reader a vivid picture of the lives of owls. 2004, Lerner, Ages 8 up.
Amie Rose Rotruck