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Reviewed by Ashley Tetzlaff for Readers' Favorite
Join avian parents as they seek to care for their young in Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures by Debra Toor. Father Vulture warms and watches over the hatchlings while Mother Vulture braves the dangers of air, land, and sea to find food for her family. Will she be able to provide a meal or will everyone go hungry another day? Find out in this easy-to-read tale complete with color photographs. Activities at the end of the book help cement fun facts about turkey vultures in young minds. Written for 3rd to 5th graders, this book would be interesting to much younger children as well.
Growing up in the Texas ranch lands, I saw turkey vultures often enough but always thought of them with disgust. (They eat dead things!) Debra Toor’s book, Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures, gave me an interest in these birds that I never had before. Who knew that these fierce-looking birds have dull talons and thus are in danger from coyotes, or that they fly slowly and so are likely to be picked on by smaller, faster birds? I found myself admiring these carrion cleaners by the end of the book. I would highly recommend it as a side read to your regular biology textbook or for your avid avian advocate! The games at the end are a good way to review and remember what you have read. I really appreciated all the illustrations: there was at least one per page, if not more. This made the reading go quickly (a plus for younger readers) and helped the story come alive. Very well done!