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The Littlest Owl Hardcover – June 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561486140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561486144
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K—Poor Four, the runt of the owl clutch, is the last to hatch and may never catch up with his siblings. But when a storm threatens his family's willow tree home, he is finally able to fly. Four's story of perseverance and hope is told in warm, rhythmic prose and supported by lush pastel drawings of fluffy, wide-eyed owlets and dense forest backgrounds. Although Pitcher shows some of the owlet's day-to-day frustrations (like being crushed in the nest or being last to find a worm), readers never fear for him—he never worries himself. When the storm comes and his siblings flee, there's little doubt that he will fly or find a safe warm place to wait it out. Despite the predictability, young children will find Four's story reassuring.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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Caroline Pitcher is a Good Books author.

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Customer Reviews

It is a very cute story line, but the illustrations are so beautiful.
Pam Dupper
I was introduced to this book by my 3 year old nephew when he asked me to help him with his "homework".
M. Mierzwa
I would highly recommend this book for any child who loves animals. :)
Carolyne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sunny swimmer on July 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this book for my 2-year old (owl-loving) son and though it initially appeared to mature for him (real paper pages, longer than board books, and a real story to follow), it has turned out to be a wonderful book. It's the story of 4 owls siblings, one of whom is much smaller that the other 3. Though he is developmentally behind his siblings, owl #4 is spunky and unphased by havingto try so hard to do what they do so easily. It's a sweet story with lovely illustrations. I recommend this book to any parent, but especially to any with a child that loves birds (as mine does).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Mierzwa on April 3, 2010
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I was introduced to this book by my 3 year old nephew when he asked me to help him with his "homework". Since he is one of the smallest kids in his preschool class and very sensitive about his size, his teacher assigned him some positive books to bring home and read with his family. Not only was the Littlest Owl one of these books, it was the one he was hoping to read with me (since I love owls).

I liked the artwork and simple positive mental attitude (PMA) conveyed by owlet Four, that I ended up buying a copy of this book for myself and to share with my nephews when they come over. The story is simple: the fourth owlet is smaller than the rest, but he does not allow his size or comments on his size from his brothers and sisters bother him. Like many other PMA stories, Four does not turn his size into an advantage. Instead he manages to survive a dangerous situation (a wind storm) by sheer strength of will. He never shows fear, he never gives up.

If you enjoyed the Littlest Owl, I've also enjoyed reading Owl Babies to both my nephews. In fact, my older nephew likes making connections between the two books by giving the Littlest Owl owlets the same names used in Owl Babies. His teacher also had him read The Littlest Dinosaur, which again is a story about somebody small who shows no fear and never gives up.

Borrowing from my favorite Yoda quote: "Do or Do Not, There Is No Try".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sonja on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pros:
-The illustrations & cover are absolutely beautiful in this book!
- I love the concept of the story, it teaches that even smaller creatures (people) can prevail if they keep a positive attitude.

Cons:
- The flow is choppy. You know how you kind of get into a rythm when you read some childrens books? Well one page there's a rythm... the next there's not... then the next there's rythm again... then there's not. I Personally found that frustrating.

- As another reviewer mentioned, there doesn't seem to be an ending, which is kind of disappointing.

All in all, it's a great picture book, it looks wonderful but the story could use some work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emmyjean on December 17, 2011
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My 5 year old son youngest of 3 is very annoyed that this book "doesn't have a medal on it's cover.". It's that good. He's drawing one to tape on the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Research Mommy on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a sweet book about the littlest owl in an owl family, who is much smaller and less accomplished that his three stronger and older siblings. He has difficulty with the skills that his brothers and sisters find relatively easy to acquire, but in a moment of crisis he believes in himself and he is able to demonstrate he can learn to fly as well. Encouraging story for a younger sibling who perhaps feels overshadowed by their older siblings. Probably not as interesting for the older, stronger sibling, unless you are trying to teach them empathy for littler ones in their lives (for example, my almost 3 year old son (an only child) passes on this book).

Illustrations are colorful and full page (full bleed) and are simply wonderful. The owls look soft and downy, and are very sweet.

Not that many words per page, but their home does get destroyed in a storm, and the Little Owl is faced with life or death, so I'd say Age 3-5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb on December 19, 2012
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My granddaughter is an owl fanatic and know she will love this for years to come. A keepsake for sure
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A Johnson on November 24, 2012
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Great book! It was a perfect addition to my lesson. This book is a great reminder to keep trying even if you don't make it the first time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allison A. Slater on July 16, 2012
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very adorable book with cutest illustrations of baby owls ever. Also, I liked the spirit of the littlest owl, who will not give up no matter what. That's a good lesson to be teaching children.
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