animals, birds, children

Greta the Great Horned Owl


Author: Christie Gove-Berg
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-59193-815-6
Pages: 32
Price: 14.95

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Greta the Great Horned Owl is out hunting one evening when she spots her prey. Intent on catching the field mouse, she doesn’t see the train coming her way. In a flash, she’s pinned against the front of the train, unable to move.

When the train stops moving, she frees herself and drops to the ground. But her wings hurt and she’s unable to fly. Greta is fortunate that someone sees her plight and carries her away. Soon she’s in a facility that cares for injured wildlife. She has a broken leg and wing, and the veterinarians are going to mend them for her. Once Greta is fully healed, she is released back into the wild where she can live out the rest of her natural days.

Greta the Great Horned Owl shares a wonderful rehabilitation story that kids will enjoy reading. The great horned owl facts at the end of the story, as well as the many spectacular photos, will be helpful in learning about these magnificent birds of prey. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, birds, children

The Song of Spring


Author & Illustrator: Hendrik Jonas
Publisher: Prestel
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-3-7913-7379-9
Pages: 52
Price: $12.95

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It’s springtime, and all the birds are singing their mating calls. But one little bird can’t remember his song. He wants to find a birdie friend, so he attempts to discover it through trial and error.

Time after time, he sings a song, but his moos, meows, and oinks fail miserably. Soon he’s surrounded by farm animals but no birdie friend. Until one day a strange song comes from the distance – a little girl bird attempting to find her own song.

The Song of Spring is an adorable tale of friendship, as each of these animals come to keep little bird company. Kids will love these charming illustrations of cheerful animals in spring. I highly recommend this cute story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

birds, cats, children

Max and Bird


Author & Illustrator: Ed Vere
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4926-3558-1
Pages: 32
Price: $17.99

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Max, a black kitten, meets Bird, and would like to be friends. Bird is very young and doesn’t know how to fly, but Max thinks Bird might be fun to chase and will make a tasty snack. Bird thinks otherwise, and decides Max can help him learn to fly before chasing him. Max agrees and they begin to research the art of flying.

Finally, Bird achieves his goal with Max’s full support and encouragement. And in the process of teaching Bird to fly, Max realizes that it simply wouldn’t be very nice to eat Bird, now that they are good friends.

Max and Bird are adorably illustrated in a minimalistic style with big, bold eyes and expressive appearances that kids will love. This cute story will appeal to everyone, and parents won’t get tired of reading it over and over again, as it quickly becomes a family favorite.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, birds, children, nature

Esther the Eaglet

Esther the Eaglet
Author: Christie Gove-Berg
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Children / Nature / Birds
ISBN: 978-1-59193-542-1
Pages: 32
Price: $12.95

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Esther the Eaglet longs to test out her wings and fly, but the wind is strong and she lands with a crash. Esther is lucky that people are there who know how to care for her. Her injured wing is x-rayed and she’s kept safe in a cage until it heals. Esther’s injury is not serious, so it only takes a few days before she’s ready to be released into the wild. Soon she’s reunited with her parents and back in the nest.

Esther’s story has a happy ending, and children will enjoy seeing her in the many photographs that fill this book, as they learn about animal rehabilitation. Kids who love animals will enjoy reading Esther the Eaglet.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, birds, children, nature

Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon

Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon
Author: Christie Gove-Berg
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-59193-516-2
Pages: 32
Price: $12.95

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Maggie was still young and learning to fly when she crashed into the side of a building. For most peregrine falcons, this would have led to her eventual death as she struggled to see and eat. But Maggie was lucky. Someone found her and brought her to a wildlife hospital for treatment.

Although her beak was damaged in the crash, it would eventually heal so she would be able to eat normally. But her eye was hopelessly damaged and would need to be removed. Falcons need both eyes to hunt, so Maggie couldn’t be released back into the wild. Instead, she visits with children as part of an educational program.

Maggie’s story has a happy ending, and children will enjoy seeing her in the many photographs that fill this book. They’ll also learn about animal rehabilitation and the importance of caring for and maintaining peregrine falcon populations. Kids who love animals will enjoy reading Maggie’s story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, birds, nature

Albatross of Kaua’i (The Story of Kaloakulua)

Albatross of Kaua'i
Author & Illustrator: Susan Dierker
Publisher: Done by Dogs Publishing
Genre: Nature / Birds
ISBN: 978-0-9832386-2-1
Pages: 32
Price: $20.00

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This spring, many people tuned in to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s birdcam to watch a baby albatross, Kaloakulua (KK), grow up. From the day she hatched to the day she flew out to sea, a camera followed her movements. Albatross of Kaua’i tells her story while teaching some new Hawaiian words along the way.

Susan Dierker, one of the camera operators, has compiled this book containing the narrative of KK’s birth and development, along with digitally altered photos designed for children. But the video footage that accompanies this book will become a treasured possession for those who watched KK grow up. Nearly an hour long, this DVD shares the memorable moments of her first five months that viewers shared with her.

If you enjoyed watching KK this spring, you will absolutely love this book and DVD. And if you missed out on watching the birdcam live, you can still enjoy the highlights. I highly recommend Albatross of Kaua’i for all bird lovers.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

birds, children

A Bird in a Bathing Suit


Author: Dawn Mitchell
Illustrator: Josh Will
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4327-5404-4
Pages: 26
Price $12.95

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A bird in a bathing suit? Could it really be? What a silly sight to see! But that’s exactly what this group of kids notices playing in the bird bath. At first they point and make fun of him, but then they realize he’s pretty cool after all.

Told in rhyming verse, A Bird in a Bathing Suit is fun to read and laugh along with. It looks at the possibilities of birds in clothes with cute illustrations to bring home this humorous point. But although it’s amusing to giggle at this bird in unusual attire, the kids finally notice they’ve hurt his feelings, and that’s simply not okay.

Acceptance of diversity is demonstrated in a non-preachy and enjoyable manner in this fun picture book. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by: Alice Berger