Life Cycle of an Owl

Life Cycle of an Owl

by Ruth Thomson

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—These introductions are arranged in a series of spreads, each of which covers a subtopic. Pages feature one to three simple sentences of large-print text and a clear, color photograph of one or more animals in various stages of growth. Each title describes an adult's key physical characteristics (major body parts are labeled in the accompanying photo); the quest for a mate; egg production; hatching of young; and stages from crab larva or owl chick to adult. Crab also describes the crustacean's feeding habits, molting, natural enemies, and defense mechanisms, while Owl provides more detail on the development of the chicks. The finely detailed color photographs, most of which are close-ups, extend the text. The ages (in days, weeks, months, etc.) of the animals depicted are clearly presented within curving, color arrows. A photo diagram of the featured animal's life cycle is also included. Natalie Lunis's Crawling Crabs (Bearport, 2007) omits life cycle information, whereas Gail Gibbons's Owls (Holiday House, 2005) includes it, but is illustrated with color drawings instead of photographs. Thomson's titles, with their easily accessible format, and clear texts and photographs, will appeal to both browsers and report writers.—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library

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