Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 6
High flight with North America's mighty eagles.
Only two kinds of eagles live in North America, the bald eagle and the golden eagle. These majestic birds belong to the same family and share many physical traits and behaviors, but there are also important differences between them.
In this fully illustrated introduction, young readers will discover why the bald eagle lives along the coastlines of oceans, lakes and rivers while the golden eagle prefers mountainous regions, prairies and plains. They'll learn about the impressive nest-building skills of these two raptors and their courtship displays, mating patterns and fierce hunting styles.
Full-color photographs provide close-ups and action shots of these aerial performers, while the engaging text, sidebars and captions offer insights into the life history of two of the world's most powerful winged predators.
Firefly Books' Exploring the World of... nature series was created for younger readers who are eager to learn more about the wild creatures of North America. Each title contains beautiful photographs that depict the animals in their natural habitats, while the highly readable text explores their daily lives -- where and how they make their homes, what they eat, how they hunt, how they communicate and how they raise their young.
About the author
Tracy C. Read is an editor and writer who has a special interest in nature and the environment. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
A very clear and informative book...This series has a different approach than typical animal books and goes beyond a basic introduction. The books provide the reader with another perspective and focus on different forms of survival tactics. Diagrams of the animals are presented describing different body parts and their functions. Another chapter discusses the natural talents of the animal. This information is presented in an engaging voice and the pictures include many close-ups of the animals, their habitats and interactions. An extensive index is included. Recommended.
Library Media Connection
Each book examines the featured animal's anatomy, senses, mating and family behaviors, communication, diet and distribution.... [Eagles] focuses on bald eagles and golden eagles, aerial fights, molting, binocular vision, monogamy, nest construction, DDT and the birds' endangered status. Wolves covers hierarchy, tracking by smell, vocalizations, hunting and prey. The texts are arranged in columns opposite full-page photos for the most part. Facts and supporting photos are displayed as overlays in bubbles. Pages are glossy and visually rich.... The writing is lean and might appeal to reluctant readers dogged by report assignments.
School Library Journal
Eagles (Exploring the World of…)Learn about North America’s bald and golden eagles — renowned for their size, powerful physique and skillful hunting strategies. This informative book explores the strengths and abilities of these two mighty raptors, how they are alike and what differentiates them from each other. Readers will also discover why eagles live in different areas and hunt different prey.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.
Other titles by Tracy C. Read
125 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario
The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places
The Hubble Space Telescopetoi
Our Eye on the Universe