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Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  25 reviews
From Hedwig, the Snowy Owl of Harry Potter fame, to Winnie-the-Pooh’s beloved friend Owl, this wide-eyed bird of the night has found its way into young hearts and imaginations everywhere. Owling invites young readers into the world of real-life owls, to learn about their fascinating behaviors and abilities.  

Wildlife photojournalist and nature educator Mark Wilson present
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Owling is a fascinating children’s non-fiction book that offers a comprehensive introduction into lives of these remarkable birds.
I was surprised to learn that owls’ huge mesmerizing eyes mean there is less space in brain, so the reputation for being all-knowing and wise may not be wholly deserved. I had no idea owl have twice as many vertebrae in their necks as we do and can turn their heads 200 degrees in any direction. The book offers a wealth of information on their binocular vision, ear tuf
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've got this book on Netgalley (like many...) it doesn't affect my opinion in anyway, but I say it for this book because part of it seem unfinished, so it probably won't be the case for the final published version but it was for mine so... What I notice is that some picture had not sentence on them but the «Add caption» notice and there is one who had a caption but in what look like Spanish or Portuguese maybe. That being said, that book is really good. It cover the entire world of the Owls, fr ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating book! This book covers everything you need to know about owls and more! Habitats, food, characteristics, types, where to find them and working with owls. I love that so many of the different types of owls were included in the book to compare with others. This would be an amazing book for an upper Elementary and above classroom as well as the library.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Owling was a fascinating look at the life of owls. This book was written in a clear but detailed manner accompanied by photos that were outstanding and somewhat mesmerizing. I especially liked the chapter on how to find an owl and the educational activity related to it. It was quite a unique learning experience for the young children.
This book should be a part of the school library where it can be enjoyed by children of all ages.
Highly recommended!

Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even if you think you don't want to know about owls, you should read this book. Even if you thought you knew everything you needed to know about owls, you should read this book. And even if you don't like reading "children's science books" you should read this book.

Owling is a well written, middle-grade book with fascinating tidbits about Owls, from the way that their eyes work, to their ears, to how they build nests. Hint, they don't, they "borrow" other birds nests.

Great pictures, and easy to
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A reference book rather than narrative nonfiction that includes an amazing variety of owls to learn about. Tons of photos make this a vibrant read!
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
***Actual Star Rating: 3.5; Could Be Subject To Change In the Future***

Right now I am not quite sure what to think about Netgalley books. Although most ARC books are getting ready to be published I haven't met so many in one place that hasn't been completed before it is passed onto the reader. In a sense it is a bit on the didcombobulating side.

Take for example this particular book. To be truthfully honest I would have really rated this book quite highly if I could have said that this was ev
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book goes above and beyond the basic facts of owls, and without grouping wildly different species all together. They are often crepuscular, NOT nocturnal, as many others would have you believe. There are so many different sections, maps, diagrams, etc. that cover so much, without being overwhelming, and with gorgeous photos! As an owl enthusiast, I am thrilled to see a detailed, accurate book perfect for young owlers like I once was!
Melanie Dulaney
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fabulous photographs accompanied by every non-fiction text fiction any ELA teacher oils list make this a terrific non-fiction book for libraries of all types whether public, classroom, school, or personal. Author Mark Wilson gives readers grades 4-8 detailed information on owl anatomy, predatory behavior, breeding, habitat, species, and even includes ways to possible view these elusive raptors and possible careers working with them. While I am likely to purchase this one for my library collectio ...more
Becky B
Includes a broad introduction to owls and the characteristics they share, 2-4 page profiles of each species of owl found in North America outlining that species’ defining characteristics, followed by a guide for would-be owl watchers, and finishing with 1-2 page profiles of some people who hold jobs that let them work regularly with owls.

This is not the type of book I’d hand to a kid expecting them to read straight through (unless they are a die-hard owl lover). I’d hand it to them expecting the
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars, rounded up. Owling was a fascinating and complete look at owls. This book was written in a clear but detailed manner illustrated with beautiful photographs. The faces of the owls staring out at the reader was mesmerizing at times. The book began with general information about owls, continued on with specific owls found in North America, then how to find owls which included a section on owl pellets and homes. One thing I remember about owl pellets was getting to dissect one as a studen ...more
Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
Owling is a fascinating look at the diverse species of owls found in the United States and Canada, perfect for young birders and budding scientists. The educational, interactive text invites kids to observe and appreciate their local wildlife, and the gorgeous photos will be sure to inspire a newfound love of nature in all readers. Mark Wilson’s reverence for these incredible birds shines through in delightful anecdotes gleaned from his extensive scholarship. I’m eager to go on an “owl prowl” my ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I think this book is wonderful for young children with any interest in owls or birds. The photos were wonderful. The reasearch and explanations seem very easily digestible for young researchers, especially for any sort of project or report they may be doing. It is still readable for anyone looking for less of a fact driven book, but still contains wonderful bits of information. When I grabbed the boo
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best owl books I have ever seen, this picture book sized guide has everything you ever needed to know about owls. After an introduction to owl anatomy, habitat and behavior, we are introduced to 19 different owls of North America. We learn about each owl’s special look, traits and lifestyle, including weight height and wingspan. Readers learn how to find owls, owl etiquette and owl rehabilitation. Information is easy to read and the photographs are stunning. This is a must have for ow ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really terrific book, a perfect book for a child (or even a grown up!) who wants to learn more about these truly amazing creatures. Excellent photos and clear information, in a very accessible format. If you live in New England and have the chance to attend one of Mark and Marcia Wilson's owl presentations, don't pass it up--they are informative and fun, and it's awe-inspiring to see these birds up close. Recommended for ages 8-12.
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Shelly Northam
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Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book, with excellent images and quality information of the main species in North America. I was surprised by interesting data, for example that some species have adaptations for hunting such as asymmetric ears and other species have soft body feathers that dampen sound.

Another fact that I did not know is that these birds do not build their nests, but use those left by other birds and even old burrows or tree cavities of mammals. The book has a brief explanation to build an owls house
Michael Whitcomb
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning pictures of so many different types of owls and their habitats! A must have in every classroom and home. Enjoyable for children and adults. The author is extremely knowledgeable about owls on a personal level as well as a professional one. The information is truly eye opening and goes in depth into the world of owls! Fantastic!
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Everything you wanted to know about 19 North American species of owls. Learn about how they fly, see, hunt, eat and more. Owning will teach you how to identify the different species by the plumage or call, you can even learn how to hoot back! Full of stunning photography. An excellent resource for kids and adults alike on all things owl.
Sharon Tyler
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night by Mark Wilson is a children's nonfiction book currently scheduled for release on March 5 2019. Wildlife photojournalist and nature educator Mark Wilson presents a look into the mysterious lives of these distinctive birds. Images of the nineteen owl species of North America nesting, flying, hunting, and catching prey are accompanied by information about the birds’ silent flight, remarkable eyes and ears, haunting calls, and fascinating ...more
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Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my aims is to see an owl in the wild as they are my favourite bird. . Husband has seen them a couple of times while we have been out walking late in the evening but I never have. So I loved all the information provided and how it was presented in a readable, understandable way. The photographs and illustrations just added to the high standard of this book.
There was so much I hadn't realised about owls before i.e. that they have different coloured eyes and i never realised their ears were
Sally Wilsey
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything you wanted to know about owls and more. Beautiful photography and in depth information on owls. This is a great research book if doing a school report. From bones, different eye colors of owls, night vision, wing spans, nesting, and every type of owl you will not be disappointed in this book. It is worth having it for the pictures alone.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Leyla Johnson
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Living in a rural area we have a number of owls the come and visit - one which we call the screeching owl, and a common barn owl that we have seen so far. They are lovely birds and keep to themselves much of the time.

I found this a really interesting book about owls, written mainly with the North American owl in mind, it does cover a lot of basic facts about the making of an owl - eyes, ears, bones, neck and lots more, before getting into detail of north American species. I love owls and find t
Lee Peckover
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an incredibly detailed non-fiction text for young readers.

The images are all well selected and much of the information given is interesting.

As far as its usefulness for a class read, I would suggest this veers toward being slightly too long and in too much detail about specific owl breeds for most primary aged children.

I would consider having this in a school library as a reference book or for any child who finds this subject exceptionally interesting.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Through gorgeous photos and plenty of cool facts, Owling by Mark Wilson teaches kids about these beautiful birds of the night. Nineteen different North American owls are looked at. Learn how they fly silently, see so well, can turn their heads so far around, as well as learning how to identify different owl calls and feathers, and even how to carry on a conversation with a nearby owl. My cubs and I loved this book! We have great horned owls around us, and 'talk’ with them sometimes. We also have ...more
Jackie Lantern
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cool guide to owls! The intended audience was children, but as an adult, I was engaged throughout. There are copious pictures and diagrams, and the owls within are both adorable and majestic. A very solid work.
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