Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night

by Mark Wilson

4.5 Stars

Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Storey Publishing, LLC

Owling was a fascinating and complete look at owls. This book was written in a clear but detailed manner illustrated with beautiful photographs. The faces of the owls staring out at the reader was mesmerizing at times. The book began with general information about owls, continued on with specific owls found in North America, then how to find owls which included a section on owl pellets and homes. One thing I remember about owl pellets was getting to dissect one as a student in elementary school and I though it was so interesting. Finally the author shows us about working with owls to protect them and learn more about them. I learned quite a bit about owls reading this book, which really surprised me. This would be a great book for any public or school library, where children love to read about and learn about animals in our world. Owls seem to be one of those animals that attract a lot of questions and interest, so, read this book to satisfy your curiosity. The publisher, Storey Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.


38507264The Animals of Chinese New Year

by  Jen Sookfong LeeKileasa Wong (translator)

3 Stars

Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Orca Book Publishers

This book introduces the reader to the myth of the Chinese Zodiac. The animals are having a race and each two page spread tells us about one of the animals and what it is doing at some point in the race. The text is in both English and Chinese. The picture accompanying the text is of a baby toddler doing a similar action as the animal. The concept is cute, but the story just ends with the rat winning the race and there is nothing more to it. The book appears to be aimed at young children with the photos, but they will not understand the text. I am a bit confused as to how to rate this one. The publisher, Orca Book Publishers, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.


41423242Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature

by Margriet RuursRobert Bateman (Contributor)

5 Stars

Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Orca Book Publishers

Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature is a beautiful biography, geared to children but could be read by anyone. It tells the story of the famous Canadian artist beginning as a young boy who fell in love with the natural world surrounding him. He loved to observe nature, study its shapes, textures and colours and then reproduce what he say in his sketchbook, and finally painting it. His paintings are so realistic that they look like actual photographs. The illustrations are all photographs of his sketches and paintings, which gave a personal touch to the story. I loved that they showed him passing on his love of nature to his children and grandchildren. This would be a wonderful book to introduce a Canadian Artist to a class, as well as a unit on sketching and painting nature. A beautiful book. The publisher, Orca Book Publishers, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.


38743134Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends

by Heidi E.Y. StempleClover Robin (Illustrations)

5 Stars

Published October 2nd 2018 by Seagrass Press

Counting Birds is a story about something I had no idea about. It starts by telling us the story of Frank Chapman and his disgust at the annual Christmas tradition of going outside and shooting as many birds as you could for fun. This was back in the late 1800s and early 1900s when people were beginning to think about conservation. He came up with an idea to stop the killing of the birds, but preserving “the hunt”. He published it in his magazine, Bird-Lore, which is now the Audubon Magazine. His idea of an annual “bird count” has since developed into a worldwide conservation project organized by the Audubon Society. This book celebrates the joy of discovery and conservation of our feathered friends, while enjoying and appreciating them in the wild. The last few pages gives information on how the bird count works, and how the average citizen can participate. One interesting tidbit, if you ever read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen about calling owls, this book is written by her daughter, the young girl in that story. There is a brief biography of Frank Chapman at the back, a hero to animals, that I had never heard of before. The story is accompanied by great illustrations, including many of the birds counted, and would interest anyone who loves animals,especially birds. This would make a great addition to a family, public or school library. What a great project for a family to take on together. The publisher, Seagrass Press, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.


41423255Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest

by Ian McAllister

3.5 Stars

Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Orca Book Publishers

This board book is filled with pictures of the cutest babies living in the Great Bear Rainforest. I have to agree with many of the other reviewers that another sentence telling something about the animal may have added to the learning experience. I read this to my grandchildren (ages 2 & 5) and they both enjoyed it. My grandson kept asking me questions that I could not answer though. This would definitely spark the interest in an older child or reader to find out more. If you are talking about conservation, what better way to get the interest in that topic than showing cute, baby animals that live in an area. The photographs are stunning, taken by Ian McAllister, who actually lives in the Great Bear Rainforest. A great book for a pre-school or kindergarten classroom. The publisher, Orca Book Publishers, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.