Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Call of the Osprey by Dorothy Patent - ESSENTIAL

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw The Call of the Osprey, photographs by William Munoz.  NON-FICTION.  Houghton Mifflin, 2015.  $19.  

As the top of their food chain, ospreys are susceptible to added effects of environmental pollution - from DDT until the 1970’s to heavy metal poisonings from old mine waste, their population struggles to find a strong balance.  Other challenges from modern life also add to the problem.  Scientists in Montana are working hard to find solutions that can implemented all over the country to help the osprey and other birds of prey find a way to survive.  

I believe this is Ms. Patent’s first entry into the Scientists in the Field series, though not her first non-fiction book for children.  While the narrative doesn’t flow as smoothly as most of the other books in the series, it still contains a wealth of information about ospreys and scientists’ efforts to preserve the species.  Worthy for most collections based on that.

EL, MS - ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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