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review Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl 103 ¶ One snowy owl's first year and its struggle to survive Fed by his parents Ookpik which means snowy owl in the Inuit language grows uickly in the short Arctic summer By autumn he has learned to hunt on his own but prey is scarce on the tundra that year The owl's instincts tell him that he must leaveWl's instincts tell him that he must leave this land or starve Ookpik flies south over the great forests of Canada and finally lands in the United States always searching for food and a winter hunting ground With vivid watercolor illustrations Bruce Hiscock. Ookpik is the Inuktitut word for snowy owl It's also the name of the main character in this coming of age book about a young owl learning to live and hunt in his own It may as well be a nickname for my son Sean He has been passionate about owls and snowy ones in particular since he was 18 months oldOokpik The Travels of a Snowy Owl by Bruce Hiscock follows Ookpik from hatching and fledging on the tundra and then down south as he makes his first journey A warm winter and a dry summer has made prey scarce on the tundra To survive young Ookpik must fly farther than any snowy owl ever hasBesides introducing children to snowy owls their biology and habitat the book illustrates the hardships that animals face in the changes brought on my global warmingTopics Sean and I discussed What is the tundra and where is it What are lemmings Who are the Inuit and where do they live Why do birds migrate How can birds find their way home What other migratory animals are affected by climate change

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Depicts the changing landscape from the treeless Arctic of Baffin Island to the dairy country of eastern New York There Ookpik settles for the winter much to the delight of bird watchers An author's note offers additional details on the life of the snowy o. We both enjoyed this story about the fascinating journey of a Snowy Owl It was a timely read because the same night we read the story we saw a news story about how Snowy Owls were traveling further and further south to the delight of local birdwatchers The illustrations were exceptional with several 2 pages spreads to feast our eyes on We learned a lot about snowy owls in the story and there was additional info provided in the author notes

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Ookpik The Travels of a Snowy OwlOne snowy owl's first year and its struggle to survive Fed by his parents Ookpik which means snowy owl in the Inuit language grows uickly in the short Arctic summer By autumn he has learned to hunt on his own but prey is scarce on the tundra that year The o. Hiscock Bruce OOKPIK The Travels of a Snowy OwlUnpaged Boyds 2008 ISBN 978 1 59078 461 7 1803 The story begins” Four eggs white as the snows of winteron the Arctic tundra” Enters an Arctic Fox who thinks that it may have a uick dinner until the mother Snowy Owl swoops down chasing it away It is spring on the Baffin Island tundra and the female is sitting on her eggs The male is having to search further and further each day for their favorite food lemmings and sometimes having to settle for the difficult Arctic hare and small birds to surviveAs summer passes and the early cold of winter begins the two healthy chicks that their parents were able to protect know that they must head south to survive So the male owl Ookpik which means snowy owl in Inuktitut the Inuit language begins his journey Ookpik is shown up close against distant muted watercolor landscapes as he travels from Baffin Island down through the Adirondack Mountains until he locates a dairy farm where he may roost in an open field until spring when he will begin his return journeyHiscock admits that the narrative story which may be read aloud is as “true to life” as he was able to make it based on his observations research and personal travels in the Arctic along with the help of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Contains a territorial map and an author’s note page at the end stating the range size food courtship and nesting and life of the snowy owl Although it has been nominated for the 2010 NY Intermediate Charlotte Award it seems that it should have been in the children’s category for its simplistic storytelling