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

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  38 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
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jnf-500
This is a fabulous book about all things owl. The author is a photojournalist, so the book is filled with magnificent photos, large and small, of the 19 species of owls that can be found in North America (from Canada to Mexico). The book begins with general anatomical descriptions of owls--skeleton, sight, hearing,, hunting, feathers, zygodactyl toes, , beaks, nesting and breeding. The middle section is devoted to describing each of the 19 species of owl, each with its own couple of pages or so, ...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
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for anyone who wants to know more about owls!

There are four (4) chapters: All About Owls, Introducing the Owls, How to Find Owls, and Working with Owls. The chapter called Introducing the Owls provides an opportunity to "meet" all of the owls of North America. For each owl, there is their common name, scientific name, ways to ID them, info. about their Range & Habitat, Voice, Nesting Behavior, other information, and What's on [Their] the Menu. There are also several color
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Owls and owls.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was first given a copy of this book in digital formatting when it was still undergoing editing by the author and his publisher. As a result I found the book to be quite a mess and still a work-in-progress even though I was still intrigued by it. Fortunately for me the author chose to contact me and send me a copy of his completed book so that way I could see as well as read it in its final stage.

Just as I had suspected even in its rough format this book is a true gem! Mark Wilson's love and
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!
Sandy Sopko
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great nonfiction book, beautiful photos and illustrations, excellent information, I learned a lot and read every page!
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
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!
Laurie Hnatiuk
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enf, non-fiction, 2019
I picked up Mark Wilson’s Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night and I was lost in the absolute stunning photographs, the variety of text features and the layout of this book.
It is clear that owls are a passion for the author (and his wife) and that passion is now a gift to readers. The book has common text features one would expect (table of contents, glossary and an index, along with photographs and various images) however the way this book is laid out and the choice of
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
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
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding!!!! If I could give this more stars I would pile them up as this is one of the best nonfiction books of this year. Wildlife photographer Mark Wilson has been studying and caring for owls for more than 25 years and he packs this fascinating book with a wealth of information, often gently disabusing commonly held beliefs about owls.

Well arranged and wonderfully written for a young audience, Wilson presents general information on owls, then goes into specifics on the many species of ow
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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
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
This is your one-stop book for thorough and fascinating coverage of owls. Crisp, detailed photographs bring to life every aspect of owl anatomy, nesting, habitat, and hunting. Owl pellets, which always fascinate kids, are covered in great detail. The book finishes with conservation and rehabilitation efforts and directions for making your own owl box. The glow-in-the-dark cover is icing on the cake.

I waited until I could get a hard copy from our library network before buying. Our local children'
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
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this non-fiction book about Owls and the facts and beautiful photos of these birds is fascinating. You compare and contrast various owls and their coloring and heads and beaks, etc. It goes through their body structure and eyes and color. And it talks about each kind of owl. The author describes the animals the owl preys upon and their molting, finding a nest and a mate and where they choose to live. So much information and helpful if a child is doing a report on a specific owl ...more
I have always loved owls. I started collecting them when I was young and have quite the collection, so when I saw this book, I had to grab it! (The cover glows, too!)

There are fantastic photos and diagrams. The explanations are high quality. There are some fun pages where you can look for hidden birds or guess the species of baby. It has such great detail in the owls of North America - what their calls are like, where they live, food they eat, etc.

I highly recommend this book to any owl-lover,
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.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This informational book for middle-upper grade readers is full of fascinating facts and photographs of owls. Abounding in helpful text features and written in an approachable conversational style, the book is a thorough resource on North American owls. Its large size fosters readable pages and beautiful illustrations, but may be hard to accommodate on library shelves. Highly recommended.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
A nonfiction book with lots of awesome owl pictures, great for picture walks to supplement your owl storytimes.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love owls so I was excited to read this book. I loved all the pictures and information.
Sandi Hartka Peterson
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I learned so much about owls!! great book! Love the pictures.
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
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!
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