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The barn owl
Kitchen, Bert.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Kingfisher, 1999.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 24 cm.
Describes the physical characteristics, hunting, feeding, nesting, mating, and moulting of the barn owl, as well as the nine different species.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.0 0.5 70274.
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QL696.S85 K58 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A detailed look at the seldom-seen life of a barn owl. Parents and kids discovering nature together will find this a thought-provoking introduction to the appreciation of a wild animal in its natural habitat. ASPCA bibliography: Kids, Animals, & Literature A NAPPA Honors Award-winner An NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Also known as the screech or monkey-faced owl, the barn owl, which is actually found around the world, is introduced in this volume in the Animal Lives series. Tagholm's clear text is presented in two unequal parts. The first and longest tells the story of a year in the life of a male barn owl as he searches for food and a mate, takes care of the mate and their owlets, and watches the fledglings leave the nest. The second part presents quick facts, including some conservation information about the diminishing numbers of barn owls. Children who already know about owls and their habits may wonder why vole and shrew are not included in the glossary, but Kitchen's appealing illustrations, which are splendid, more than compensate for the minor weakness. Resources where additional information can be obtained (including e-mail addresses) are appended. --Karen Morgan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4A detailed look at the seldom-seen life of a barn owl, this book follows a breeding pair throughout a year of hunting, feeding, courting, mating, nesting, and raising their young. The lyrical text is as lovely as Kitchens beautiful, naturalistic illustrations. The night scenes feature shades of deep blue and gray, with the luminous owls standing out against the darkened skies. The interior barn scenes are done in soft browns and golds. Children will find the realistic images appealing enough to pore over, and they will enjoy hearing the words read over and over. Those needing information for reports will find the basics here, accurately presented. An outstanding offering.Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.