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Archibald's Swiss Cheese Mountain by Sylvia Lieberman
Arkfall by Carolyn Ives Gilman
The Blunder by Joe Kilgore
A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen
The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters
Eat, Drink and Be Married by Eve Makis
Forty Days by Jill Smolinski
Four Seasons in Five Senses by David Mas Masumoto
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Hello Piglet! by Muff Singer
Idaho Snapshots by Rick Just
Inside Story by Albert E. Cowdrey
Just Visiting by Nancy Sparling
King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
King of the World by David Remnick
The Last Plague by Glen E. Page
Lifeguard by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Marvin K. Mooney Will Please Go! by Dr. Seuss
The Mental Environment by Bob Gebelein
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
Nine Whispered Opinions Regarding the Alaskan Secession by George Guthridge
Peachblossom by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Picnic at Pentecost by Rand B. Lee
Ookpik by Bruce Hiscock
Quondam by Jayel Gibson
Run! Run! by John Aikin
Salad for Two by Robert Reed
Search Continues for Eldery Man by Laura Kasischke
Shed That Guilt! Double Your Productivity by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn
Small Worlds by Gretchen Laskas
Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring by Ron Pridmore
The Twenty Dollar Bill by Elmore Hammes
The Uncertainty Principle by Lynda Curnyn

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OokpikOokpik: 09/21/08

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:

  • What is the tundra and where is it?
  • What are lemmings?
  • Who are the Inuit and where do they live?
  • Why do birds migrate?
  • How can birds find their way home?
  • What other migratory animals are affected by climate change?

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