Saving the Noticed Owl—Zalea’s Story: A KidLit Fowl Ebook Evaluate

Award-winning free-lance science journalist Nicola Jones, most famous for her work on local weather change and environmental points, ventured into the ebook world with an image ebook on the wildlife rehabilitation efforts for one in every of North America’s most endangered fowl species, the Northern Noticed Owl. With a readership primarily of scholars, Jones—properly, I consider—shunned together with the controversial efforts to kill Barred Owls to be able to save the noticed ones. That problem apart, SAVING THE SPOTTED OWL—ZALEA’S STORY is an in depth nonfiction image ebook with a view expands from one particular owl, to Noticed Owls normally, to conservation efforts through breeding facilities to save lots of different endangered species. The writer is really dedicated to this trigger, and is donating half of her proceeds to the Northern Noticed Owl Breeding Program. 

Zalea’s story started when the three-week-old owlet, not but in a position to fly, fell from her tree to the forest ground, about so far as the drop from a 7th-story constructing. Scientists had been monitoring that tree, and after they discovered the chick on the bottom, they made to determination to rescue. Via the course of the ebook, the readers are launched to actual owls and the actual individuals working to guard them. One of many last spreads ends with images of Zalea, grown and with chicks of her personal.

Illustration showing Zalea being rescued from the book SAVING THE SPOTTED OWL, by Nicola Jones, illustrated by Alexandra Finkeldey

Sidebars present further data to present background to Zalea’s story, and are put aside not with bins, however by a change in font (from a serif to sans-serif). These sidebars embrace specifics in regards to the Northern Noticed Owl, data on endangered species with the IUCN Pink-Listing classes, and particulars about a number of the jobs held by biologists. 

From an artwork perspective, there’s not a lot cuter than a child owl, with all its fluff and roundness and large eyes. Canadian artist Alexandra Finkeldey’s illustrations seize that unimaginable cuteness, whereas her intricate work for the sections such because the breeding middle, egg improvement, and life cycle floor the ebook in its nonfiction actuality. Her classroom scene is multicultural and inclusive, and her mushy colour palette of greens and browns captures the texture of the Pacific northwest. 

Illustration showing students incubating eggs from the book SAVING THE SPOTTED OWL, by Nicola Jones, illustrated by Alexandra Finkeldey

Should you assume that image books are only for little children, assume once more. Jeopardy star James Holzhauer turned a multi-millionaire partially by studying image books as a part of his sport technique. And that is the ebook to learn in case you’d prefer to study extra about Noticed Owls and the individuals and applications that make up their security web of safety. And naturally, it’s nice for youths that love birds (or children in whom you wish to encourage a love of birds!). Nonetheless, with its dense, wealthy textual content, this isn’t a ebook for youthful children. Goal this on the 7–13 year-olds in your life. With its inclusion of maps, graphics and life cycles, and particulars on job specifics, it’s an ideal match for late elementary by way of center college college students and lecture rooms, and for varsity and public libraries. 

Graphic of the life cycle of the Spotted Owl, from the book SAVING THE SPOTTED OWL, by Nicola Jones, illustrated by Alexandra Finkeldey

Saving the Noticed Owl—Zalea’s Story by Nicola Jones, illustrated by Alexandra Finkeldey

Children Can Press, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-525-30555-9

$19.99 USA; $21.99 Canada

32 pages, Grade degree 3-7, Lexile 1010 (5th-8th grades)

Autor Susan Wroble


Journalist specialized in online marketing as Social Media Manager. I help professionals and companies to become more Internet and online reputation, which allows to give life to the Social Media Strategies defined for the Company, and thus immortalize brands, products and services. I have participated as an exhibitor in various forums nationally and internationally, I am the author of several articles in digital magazines and Blogs.

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