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Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight (A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient) Hardcover – November 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Synergy Books; Second edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098231406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982314067
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight, by Janie Suss, is the true story of two ospreys that build a nest in front of the author's Chesapeake Bay home. It is written in a way that is both enjoyable for adults and children. My daughters were intrigued by the story and asked me to continue reading as I finished each chapter. The very first evening, we completed seven chapters. Even my husband sat with us to hear more about the adventures of Oscar and Olive and their offspring. It was wonderful to spend time as a family reading about this very special raptor family. The girls couldn't wait to hear about the new babies and were anxious to see photos of Olivia and Odie. It was neat to parallel this family with our own real-life experience. As we read about the ospreys preparing their nest as they waited for their offspring, we were preparing our "nest" as we waited for our new baby to be born.

When I first received the book in the mail and unwrapped it, I was slightly disappointed. Based on the appearance of the cover,I thought that it was a non-fiction book for adults and that my children wouldn't enjoy it. As I started reading the first chapter, I was pleasantly surprised. I recommend this book to parents, nature lovers, and teachers. It would make a great read-a-loud for the classroom or as a supplement to a Science unit. There are over 50 colorful illustrations throughout the book. At the end of the book, you will find fun facts, suggestions for book discussions, and a section titled Activities, Research, and Getting Involved.

Happy Reading! -- Jen, from her blog, "Creative and Curious Kids!"

From the Publisher

Oscar and Olive Osprey is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards

More About the Author

They told her not one would come.

But Janie Suss, a middle child in a family of 11 siblings, knew when to hold her ground. While the doubting eyes of her neighbors gazed on, she instructed her husband as he built the platform at the end of their Chesapeake Bay pier. She knew the ospreys would come. They just had to see the possibility of a home.

To her delight, the very next day a male osprey carried stick after stick to the newly crafted platform to build his nest. It wasn't long before he and his mate called Janie's pier home. Janie lovingly named them Oscar and Olive and watched them attentively as their family grew. The more she observed, the more she saw her own family reflected in the lives of the birds. It was all there--the sibling rivalries, the awkwardly learned lessons, the empty nest syndrome and, of course, the unfailing support system. Janie channeled the family of birds into the subject of a children's book, Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight.

"It was uncanny," says Janie, a mother of two. "Just like my home, I saw the give-and-take from the siblings. The older would teach the younger, who would then teach the youngest. Being the sixth child of 11, I too played both the role of the teacher and student."

The parallels didn't end there.

Time after time, Janie saw her loved ones reflected in the behavior of the birds. Oscar's determination to provide for his family reminded her of her own father, a WWII veteran who worked his way through law school. When Janie looked at Olive, she saw her mother, the woman who not only raised 11 children, but who also owned her own beauty shop and worked full time to insure the best for her flock.

"My parents set an incredible example for what a family could be. After 65 years, they are still happily married. They gave us an understanding that love means working and staying together, and that family always comes first," says Janie.

With her book, Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight, she hopes children can realize the wonder of being part of a family, while gaining an interest for nature and wildlife.

Janie smiles when she explains that she's known as the "Bird Woman" in her community. She's proud of her role in Holland Point, her beloved neighborhood on the Chesapeake Bay. There, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Kip, and looks forward to the regular visits of her two adult children, Gus and Sadie, who have come to accept their mother's unending fascination with the birds at the end of the pier. Janie is an active member of the Holland Point Citizens' Association, and in addition to writing, works at a real estate title company. Visit her website at www.oscarandolive.com

Customer Reviews

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With the first opening of the book and the wonderful pictures, I was hooked.
Barbara J. Finch
It's a great story because the author actualy lived the experience with these birds not to mention all the pictures were taken by her.
John F. Leary
I recommend this book to all ages and especially those who appreciate the nature and beauty of the Chesapeake Bay.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By Rachel Schrote on July 23, 2013
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This is a children's book, but also a wonderful book for adults. I live on the Potomac River and have a pair of nesting Oprey right outside and Ms. Suss is absolutely accurate in describing their habits, actions, etc. I have recommended this book to my friends and neighbors.
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By Renee on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED THIS BOOK! This book is beautifully written with factual information. It parallels human family life and demonstrates family values. Like the author, I live on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy birdwatching. I am also fortunate to have a nearby osprey nest to observe. I purchased this book for my three and one-half year old great-nephew who has taken up birdwatching as a result of my babysitting him at my home. My nephew never fails to ask for my bird field guide book and binoculars. Our favorite bird species are subject of this book. My nephew also has a passion for books and learning so I got excited about purchasing the one for him after reading about it in a local paper. Even though he is a little young, I new that he would love having his grandmother read it to him (He and his grandmother have a special relationship when it comes to books). This book is timeless. I feel he will cherish it and probably read it to his children and grandchildren. The book delivered much more than I had anticipated and I highly recommend it. I am glad that the author chose to present actual photographs in lieu of illustrated characters.
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With the first opening of the book and the wonderful pictures, I was hooked.The story grabs you right from the start with the insight that the author seems to have of these great birds. You can feel her excitement as you read the story of parenting and love that are portrayed.Having lived on the Chesapeake Bay for a good part of my life, it was so nice to have someone put into words my own feelings about this beautiful area and wildlife that lives here. I recommend this book for all ages because it is a story that is educational and written with much love
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