|aAs their nest becomes more crowded, the baby great horned owls stretch and flap impatiently. But they can't fly just yet. Even if one of them falls from the tree and must find its own shelter on the ground, the little one still depends on its parents' care. There are many weeks to go before the young chicks will be strong enough to fly away and find homes of their own.
The great horned owlet is warm and cozy alongside his two sisters and their mother. But the little ones grow so fat and fluffy that, before long, their mother is squeezed right out of their nest in the tree. While his mother cares for him and his father brings all his meals, the owlet soon feels too crowded himself, so he leaves the nest. But despite his size, the owlet still cannot fly. He must struggle to find a safe perch near the nest where he can wait for his meals and practice flapping his wings. One day he'll be ready to hunt and find a home of his own. A Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2005 Original color photographs taken in the wildSimple, informative storiesIncludes a Did You Know? Section of interesting factsComplete with introduction, table of contents, and index for parents and teachersA fine introduction to nature for preschoolers and primary readers