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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–A little white owl has no parents, no name, and few possessions, but he has the courage to explore the world and meet new friends. He does it through storytelling, even when facing the most reluctant of listeners. Setting out with his backpack, he swoops down from the sky to meet a group of colorful owls. Although they shun him at first, they eventually become immersed in his tales of adventure and fantasy. When he leaves, they follow him home, and when he sits under the stars drinking cocoa and eating toast, they keep him company. The little white owl's enthusiasm for life is as obvious as the rainbow of colored feathers on the bigger owls. The belief in the magic of stories is catching and continues to the very end of this book. This tale could be read aloud in a storyhour about owls, friendship, or acceptance, or to encourage storytelling.–Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Living all alone in a snowy landscape under a starry sky, a little white owl imagines himself as a knight or as a rocket, blasting off to the moon. Those empowering fantasies inspire him to take off one day and fly far over oceans and deserts, until he reaches the tropics and finds a group of big beautiful owls in bright-jewel colors. To the white owl, they seem just like him, but the other birds don’t feel kinship and order him to go away. After he tells the snotty birds his magical stories of knights, castles, and dragons with fiery breath, though, they are so smitten that when the white owl goes back to his snowy home, the tropical crew begs to join him. The tropically hued, textured illustrations show the huge-eyed birds’ transformation from mean, exclusionary bullies to fans enraptured by the little storyteller’s scenarios. Young children will recognize the pain of loneliness, the power of solitude, and the bliss of imaginative play. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561486930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561486939
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MeryMer on March 30, 2011
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I lucked into finding this gem of a book at my school's book fair. The story is sweet and uplifting without being preachy. It touches on the beauty within us all, but in such a fun way that all kids will relate. The illustrations are whimsical and beautiful. This is a great read aloud for home or the classroom!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber @ The Musings of ALMYBNENR on April 11, 2012
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The Little White Owl is about a young, nameless, orphaned owl whose head is full of happy, imaginative stories.

The little owl goes on an adventure and ends up finding a tree full of brightly colored owls who do not want anything to do with the little white owl because he is so plain in their eyes. Yet, this did not phase the little white owl and he convinces the colorful owls to listen to one of his stories.

The Little White Owl is a story about making friends. The colors in this book are just dazzling. I could stare at these owls for hours. It is very nicely done.

Recommended for children ages two to six.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wanis on April 3, 2014
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The item arrived on time and in good condition. We had gifted our grandson a stuffed snowy owl for Christmas so this book was a logical choice. He loves it and has it read at least once a day...he is 20 months. Great story for when he is older and is learning the dynamics of life's relationships. Friends come in all their glorious differences !!!
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By B. Brown on July 21, 2013
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Such a great story about our differences but how we can learn from each other. Great way for kids to see differences in how they use colors to illustrate the idea
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By jon on January 11, 2013
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Most of us can remember at least one time when we felt left out as children and as adults. The Little White Owl helps us to see the good in ourselves so that we are less likely to need the approval of others. This book was cleverly written since it also encourages unity rather than exclusivity as a way of living life.
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By barb sinkie on February 21, 2013
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This book was received in quality condition and in a short amount of time. I love the lesson learnt from the story. It is not taught or shown to others enough today. It will be read often and used for enjoyment as well as education. I would highly recommend it!!!
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This book is great for preschoolers up to first grade. It teaches them about being different from others and how that can make you feel sad, but also helps kids see the positives of it also.
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By Linda on March 7, 2014
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My youngest grandson is enamored by owls and loves anything owls. He loves reading the story again and again. Good for parent to read to little ones or just starting to read, great story.
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