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Summary: Lots of birds call the Chesapeake Bay their home. Thanks to Janie Suss, a pair of osprey (Olive and Oscar) built a nest on a platform near her home. This is a photo-illustrated journal of one year's cycle of the joys and challenges of raising a family on the Bay. This is a nonfiction story about an Osprey family on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 10 and up
Reading Level: 5.4
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The photography is exceptional and added significantly to the book. I learned a lot about osprey, their habits, and their predators. What I didn't enjoy, though were those spots throughout the book that superimposed human thoughts and feelings onto the birds' activities. Does a momma bird really smile?
Pros: Beautiful imagery and a well-told story give readers great insight into the habitat, habits, and patterns of an osprey.
Cons: The shift from presenting observations and factual information to superimposing the birds' thoughts / feelings was disappointing.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an interesting book, definitely worth reading if your readers are interested in birds, or if you're going on a nature hike or vacationing at the shore.
Educational Themes: Use this book as a primer for bird-watching and learning about bird habitat. The details of this journal allow readers to look and listen for the sounds / sights that are representative of osprey.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub. This is an unsolicited donation.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, nature
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2014
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