by Sandra Markle

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Children's Literature
The 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
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-These titles focus on what makes these amazing animals such skilled predators. Markle reveals how their bodies are built to kill; their physical characteristics and behaviors combine to give them a high level of efficiency. The role of camouflage is aptly explained in flowing text and illustrated in clear photography. Speaking of the great white, Markle states, "Her white belly lets her sneak up on prey looking up from deeper water toward the light of the sky. Her dark blue gray back keeps her camouflaged (hidden) as she slips up on prey looking down into the dark ocean depths from near the surface." In the second book, the author looks at a variety of owls, including the great gray, whose coloration "blend[s] perfectly with the tree bark." In both titles, the full-color photography bedazzles on almost every page, particularly in showing the owl babies. These solid additions are sure to appeal to young naturalists.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Animal Predators Ser.
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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