From School Library Journal
PreS—Berkeley Barn Owl loves to dance. On the night of the Leave the Nest Fall Fest, the eve before the fledglings go off to find their own homes, she wows the crowd with her wing flapping and talon tapping. When morning comes, the little owl is hesitant to leave her parents' nest, but off she flies with her brother and sister, each of them looking for, and finding, a perfect place to live. In Howells's digitally designed illustrations, set against stark white pages, the owlets are black line cartoon drawings filled in with several shades of brown, their pale faces the distinctive heart shape of their species. The pale yellow of the smiling round moon, soft greens in trees and grass, and one pink pig represent the only other colors. Natural details in the story accurately portray the habits of barn owls, which usually lay three to six eggs, roost in tree hollows (as do Berkeley's parents) or in barn lofts (Berkeley's new home) by day, and fledge their young for 50 to 55 days, teaching them hunting skills before they fly off to independence. Johnson has created a sweet, somewhat instructional story with lilting text that lends itself to being read aloud.—Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Johnson has created a sweet, somewhat instructional story with lilting text that lends itself to being read aloud.
A warm story for the very young ...