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White Owl, Barn Owl
Synopses & Reviews
An award-winning author and illustrator swoop into the wondrous world of the barn owl.
A young girl and her grandfather look for a barn owl night after night. Will a distinctive heart-shaped face appear at the window? Michael Foremans lush, intimate paintings are a perfect companion to Nicola Daviess lyrical text featuring intriguing facts about a rare bird indeed.
"The gentle quietness of the barn owl pervades the pages of this lovely story. The creature is the center attraction for a girl and her grandfather who construct a nest box in the hopes of setting their sights on this rather elusive bird. Davies (Extreme Animals) serves as an authority on all things avian, peppering her tale with various factoids about owls set in a typeface that resembles handwritten notes to the reader ('Owls swallow their prey whole; that's why they need to spit out the bones and fur'). The girl's voice, characterized by both amazement and anticipation, balances out the authoritative information (' "We'll have to be patient," said Grandpa. We were patient lots of times!'). Equally effective are Foreman's (Shakespeare Stories) lush paintings of the night landscape, awash in a palette of cool blues and muted whites cast a luminescent glow on the owl. When the patient duo finally spots the mysterious bird, he is not unlike an angel spreading his wings across the heavens. This story will resonate with nature lovers and introduce new enthusiasts to a wondrous bird. Ages 5-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An award-winning author and a noted illustrator take young readers into the wondrous world of the barn owl in this book filled with lush, full-color illustrations and lyrical text with intriguing facts about the bird with the heart-shaped face.
About the Author
Nicola Davies is a zoologist and the award-winning author of many books for children, including SURPRISING SHARKS, POOP, EXTREME ANIMALS, and BAT LOVES THE NIGHT. She lives in Somerset, England.
Michael Foreman has received the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, the Kurt Maschler Award, and the Bologna Graphics Prize. He lives in London and Cornwall.
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