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Ookpik is the Inuktitut word for Snowy owl. It's also the name of the main character in this coming of age book about a young owl learning to live and hunt in his own. It may as well be a nickname for my son Sean. He has been passionate about owls (and snowy ones in particular) since he was 18 months old.
<Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl by Bruce Hiscock follows Ookpik from hatching and fledging on the tundra and then down south as he makes his first journey. A warm winter and a dry summer has made prey scarce on the tundra. To survive young Ookpik must fly farther than any snowy owl ever has.
Besides introducing children to snowy owls, their biology and habitat, the book illustrates the hardships that animals face in the changes brought on my global warming.
Topics Sean and I discussed: