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Owl Magazine

Owl Magazine

Spring 2015 Magazines
Ages: 9 - 13 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $5.25
Subscription Price: $34.95 / 10 Issues

OWL magazine is a Canadian publication covering a range of global topics of interest to kids. Many of the articles and regular features focus on science, nature, and technology. For example, one recent issue highlighted animal adaptations in light of global warming, ran a cover story called "Hi-Tech on the Hills" about the science behind skiing (hint: math formulas are critical in designing ski jumps), and delved into all things wintry. Who knew, for example, that an animal such as the pizzly (or grolar) bear even existed? It does, and it's a cross between a grizzly bear and a polar bear, brought about by diminishing polar bear habitats. A Halloween-themed issue included stories about a midnight garden, nocturnal animals, and a "monster" jellyfish invasion. The photos in OWL are vivid, the writing is engaging, and the production values are strong. A comic book mystery series (recent example: "Max Finder: The Case of the Website Woes"), games, quizzes, and "brain busters" round out each issue. A good pick for home or classroom use.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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