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Littlest Owl Hardcover – June 1, 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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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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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I like the artwork. But don't care for the story so much. My sons find the book boring as well. I like the moral of the story though so we still read it occasionally but not a book my boys would pick out on their own to read.
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Format: Hardcover
Four owl eggs lay within a willow tree and three of them hatch quickly to reveal three owlets. They wait for the fourth egg to hatch and when it does, they see that their fourth sibling is much smaller than them.

The other three owlets do not seem to pay much attention to the smallest owl. They step on him like he is not there, but he is positive about it all, even as the first three grow faster and learn to fly sooner.

I loved how the owls were somewhat realistic looking with a bit of creative license. The illustrations were pleasing to look at and fit the story well.

The Littlest Owl shows how the youngest sibling or the smallest kid or the one who is most different can feel left out things, but it also displays positiveness and perseverance.

Recommended for children from three- to eight-years-old.

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