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Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  7 reviews
What makes vultures unique? What two weird defense tricks do turkey vultures use to freak out their predators? A turkey vulture sounds like ... an industrial vacuum.

Readers of the book Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures will explore these and other adaptations as they join mother turkey vulture on a hunt to feed her chicks. The turkey vulture lacks swift aerial moves, tal
Papperback, Large Print, 24 pages
Published December 22nd 2014 by Guardian Angel Publishing
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Suzanne Gibbs
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The things you learn about animals in children's books... This is truly a fascinating book and my fourth graders were so into it. Together we gained a new appreciation for how vital these really weird looking birds are to our world!
Penelope Cole
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tween, middle-school
I’m always excited to learn new things about our natural world, and I especially appreciate information about birds. I knew very little about turkey vultures until reading “Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures,” by Debra Toor. I learned several things.

First, I didn’t realize that turkey vultures need thermals—rising warm air currents—in order to stay aloft. They don’t often expend their energy flapping their wings. The thermals are essential for them to go hunting—rather, to go scavenging. Debra
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Vultures get no respect but as readers of this educational book discover, they are great helpers and important to our eco-system. Photographs by nature photographers show the turkey vulture gliding across the sky while tightly written text explains what is happening. Following the story, which follows a new vulture family as the mother hunts for food to take back to the nest, Toor provides vulture facts and activities for classroom use. While the book is short, it, and the ancillary materials, p ...more
Lisa Amstutz
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures delivers a wealth of information about these under-appreciated birds in an easy-to-read story format. Students will learn how turkey vultures fly, how they find food, and the amazing adaptations that allow them to eat carrion. The story follows a mother turkey vulture trying desperately to find food for her chicks. Large photos bring the story to life. Toor provides additional facts, games and puzzles in the back matter, making this a great resource for a clas ...more
Roberta R. Carr
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book to aid in the research of a children's book I'm writing about a true life vulture rescue story. Debra's short story is filled with accurate, fun facts about these amazing creatures. She weaves in a real-life story with solid facts in a smooth way. My 9-year-old granddaughter and I are co-writing, and she read Debra's book. You should hear how confidently my little one talks about turkey vultures! You'd think she was the expert. I give Debra all the credit. Once you read her bo ...more
Karen Carr
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Survival Secrets of the Turkey Vulture is a great resource for the homeschool room. Facts regarding vultures and their rolel in nature are put in a story form, making it interesting for children. The author also provides lesson plans, activities, and resources. Rated for ages 9-11, I think older students will also learn from this story as well as adults. Beautiful photography.
Terry Cook
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a middle school teacher this is a fabulous find! Boys, who are often relictant readers will get into this book in a big way. In addition to being informative and fun-fact filled reading it is accompanied by a teacher's study guide. A real plus for overly busy educators. Get this for your classroom!
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