Monday, October 12, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Raptor Month

October 1-31 celebrates Raptor Month - an invitation to schools, nature organizations and environmental groups to take time in October to celebrate our fall migrating birds of prey. Raptor Month is an annual initiative of The Avian Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and awareness of wild bird habits, characteristics and needs. For more information, visit
-The Teacher's Calendar, 2008-2009

Kalman, Bobbie.
Crabtree Publishing Company.
Guided Reading Level: L

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Introduces the body adaptations, predatory behavior, and breeding of raptors, or birds of prey, including the osprey and bald eagle.

This is one of those books that I think boys will gravitate to! It's very informational as far as content and the photograph illustrations make learning about raptors more personalized, as the raptors are presented as they truly appear in nature. What I liked most about the book was the way it was broken down by categories (catching prey, eating prey, raising young, training) and different types of raptors (osprey, bald eagle, hawks, falcons) which are also then described separately. If children are looking for information regarding just one type of raptor or many, this is the book for them!

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