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Star Guy’s Great Adventure

Star Guy’s Great Adventure: John Harrison and Kim Nagy

What happens when the summer days have shortened, and the air gets colder and you are a Snowy Owl? Just like people who migrate to warmer climates in the winter, Snowy Owls in the area realize that living in the Arctic requires that they fly somewhere else in order to have more food and shelter. But Snowy Owls can live in cold weather as low as 60 degrees below zero because not like us humans they are protected by tons of feathers that cover their feet like having furry slippers.

Would you believe it has extraordinary vision and keen hearing? They eat collared lemmings which they adore eating! Lemmings are abundant during breeding season and they need to eat at least five a day to survive.

Winter brings city and arctic winds and animals need to find shelter and they become harder to find for Snowy Owls. When food is scarce, they must migrate which means they fly south. But, even with flying south it is not easy to find a place to live a feel safe in a strange place. The illustrations help to tell the story.

Fear vs, adventure and finally snowy felt the need to explore and he became excited wondering where he would find a home. Traveling was not easy and even when conditions were good Snowy Owls had to use his wings and every ounce of energy to fly over open ocean and he cannot stop until he finds land. Days go by and then he finds Salisbury, Massachusetts and decides that might be the right place. Tired and hungry he finds something to eat and the picture on page 23 says it all.

Checking out where he landed, he did not see any feather, but he did see trees. What might be going through his mind since in the Arctic he only sees snow? Trees are exciting and he begins to investigate. Imagine his excitement landing on a pine tree. But what or who is that looking at him and what is he a creature? He never saw people before. Check out page 30 to find out what he sees and what he learns about a camera. The excitement becomes fantastic as he sees other Snowy Owls there and visited nearby Plum Island. Flying around and landing on trees or telephone poles was fun but please be careful and look out for cars. Just like people our Snowy Owl had to watch out for Crows and Northern Mockingbirds or in other words Bullies!

He is a great Owl and the public loved him and someone called him Star Guy because he liked to perform for the public. Winter was fun for him and on a windy day he sat on a nesting box in the marsh and dozens of people lined up to watch him. Check out the picture on page 47.

Finding a vole was important for him in order to have something to eat and some visitors captured it on film. But things change as the seasons become colder or even warmer and Star Guy continued to fly around Salisbury but then the days were getting longer, and a soft breeze flew over the marsh and then he realized it might be time to go back home. He learned and realized that it was time to leave even though he loved where he was. The illustrations are priceless as they help readers understand the Snowy Owls thoughts and emotions as he leaves and takes flight. Will he return home safely? Will he find a mate? Would the people of Salisbury miss him? Would they look for him and be disappointed that he was gone? Maybe someday he would return! This is a story that all children and adults can enjoy and learn so much about the Snowy Owl, migration, climate changes and the author added Snowy Owl Facts that teachers can use for lessons or parents for discussions. Check out the pictures of John Harrison and Kim Nagy with some interesting friends with them.
The story can be understood by nonreaders just by following the pictures and everyone wonders if our Star Guy will be back for more adventures in different places. Interesting, well documented and you will fall in love with Star Guy.

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