Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Who Gives a Hoot? by Jacqueline Kelly - ESSENTIAL

Kelly, Jacqueline Who Gives a Hoot? 106 pgs. Henry Holt and Company (Macmillan), 2017. $15.99. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G. 

Calpurnia Tate and her grandfather are looking for dinosaur bones. While rowing on the river, suddenly an owl drops into the water right in front of them.  Owls don’t swim or dive for their food, so this is strange.  Rescuing the owl in a butterfly net, they take the sopping bird to the vet.  Nothing seems physically wrong with it, so Calpurnia takes it home for a few days to make it’s well before releasing it, but what caused the owl to fall from the sky in the first place? 

Book 3 in the Calpurnia Tate Girl Vet series has less drama than Skunked or Counting Sheep, but the simple story works itself into an interesting mystery with an environmental message.  This whole series is a definite buy for your elementary library - no need to read the longer fiction books first, and these can be read in any order.  

EL - ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

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