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An Owl at Sea

An Owl at Sea

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This is the true story of a Short-eared Owl that plummeted onto the deck of an oil rig in the North Sea, one hundred miles from shore. Weak and tired, it huddled on the deck until riggers provided it with a makeshift shelter and fresh meat to eat. When a helicopter arrived to transport some of the workers back home, they took the owl with them, handing it over to the Scottish SPCA. A few weeks later the owl was strong enough to be released into the countryside.

Susan Vande Griek's gentle prose poem describes this unusual encounter with a creature from the wild with curiosity and wonder. Ian Wallace's stunning watercolors show gorgeous seascapes, the subtle beauty of the owl, and the oil rig and its workers, creating compelling visual contrasts.

An author's note includes information about the Short-eared Owl, a bird found in the Americas, Europe and Asia, whose numbers may be in decline due to loss of habitat.



Author: Susan Vande Griek
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Published: 05/07/2019
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 9.20h x 11.20w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781773061115
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 03/01/2019
Booklist 04/01/2019 pg. 77
School Library Journal 05/10/2019 pg. 1
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