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In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Behind the scenes at a center for orphaned and injured birds
By Stephen R. Swinburne, illustrated with full-color photographs by the author
ISBN: 978-0-87156-397-2
32 pages
Ages: 7 - 11; Grades: 2 - 6


With their piercing eyes and powerful wings, raptors -- hawks, eagles, owls, and other birds of prey -- command humans' respect and awe. Yet because of people's carelessness, along with the everyday perils of field and forest, these magnificent birds are sometimes injured or orphaned.

Those fortunate enough to be found near the Vermont Raptor Center -- and other places like it around the country -- get expert help. In the capable and caring hands of volunteers such as young Hannah Regier, many of these birds are nursed back to health and eventually released.

In this engaging photo essay, author-photographer Stephen Swinburne takes readers behind the scenes at the Center. Through Hannah's eyes, readers will gain a new appreciation for these fascinating birds and will share her quiet satisfaction when they are able to return to the wild.

Stephen R. Swinburne makes his home in Vermont. This is his second book for young readers.







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