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. Volume IX Number 4. . . . October 18, 2002
Part of the successful "Kids Can Press Wildlife Series" for young readers, Eagles briefly describes types of eagles around the world. It then focuses on the two North American eagles, the Golden Eagle and the Bald Eagle. Double page spreads cover the topics of where Bald and Golden Eagles live, their food, bodies, how they fly, nests, babies, growth, protection, and threats. The section on things to watch for if you go eagle watching shows what a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle each look like from below. That's practical information for a young bird watcher! Birds of prey other than eagles get their own small section near the end of the book.
Eagles would make good classroom material and fun recreational reading for wildlife lovers. The text is straightforward and age appropriate. A glossary is found at the back, but many words are defined in context, as shown in the excerpt above. An intriguing feature is the way Hodge relates sizes and speeds to common objects most kids would recognize, for example: "Nests are often 2 m (6 1/2 feet) across and 1 m (3 feet) tall - about the size of a small car." "Eagle facts" are found in boxes on many pages: "At age five years, an eagle is an adult. It finds a mate and has babies."
Ogles' illustrations are closely coordinated to the text, with none of that irritating lack of connection between text and pictures you sometimes get in science books. The captions match the pictures, and vice versa. Each page has clear, large, accurate color drawings.
A biologist and bird specialist from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment reviewed the information in Eagles.
Deborah Hodge has written more than six other wildlife books, many of which have been translated into French. She is a writer and instructional designer for the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Nancy Gray Ogle is a naturalist and wildlife artist from Muskoka, Ontario.
Janet Delgatty is Collections Librarian with Children's Services of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, based in Nanaimo, BC.
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