Whoo Eats What?
While Margaret the Barn Owl is preening her feathers, she notices a kooky, hands-on science teacher collecting owl pellets in the woods. Margaret later observes a captivating Dissecting Owl Pellets class. Some of the students are enthusiastic, while others think the owl pellets are disgusting and look like a cat's hairballs! Will their curiosity take over and lead them to discover whooo eats what?
The first thing that caught my eye was the pictures. They are clear, glossy and well-drawn and I do love hardback picture books. As with all children's books, the drawings are the biggest selling point. The pictures called 'read me' and we eagerly did. I read the book with Little Miss 8. She wasn't able to read it herself, but she enjoyed listening and admiring the pictures whilst I read.
The subject material of students collecting owl pellets and examining them is probably best suited to primary school-aged children. I think the story would be too long and complex for pre-schoolers. As it was, I found the book to be the perfect length for me to read aloud.
I got a sense of Velya's desire to inform whilst reading the book. Her history of teaching science certainly shines through. We found the book engaging and enjoyable.
I rate it 4 out of 5 stars. We both enjoyed it and will definitely keep it for future reading.
Thank you Velya for sending us a copy of Whoo Eats What? to review. We hope you enjoyed our honest review and we look forward to reading other books in the Hands On Science series as well.
About the author:
Velya Jancz-Urban is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and expert on New England's colonial women. Her entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, is a result of the research completed for her novel, Acquiescence. Whooo Eats What?, her first book in a hands-on science series for children, was released in January 2016, and was inspired by her How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science) classes.