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White Owl, Barn Owl: Read and Wonder Paperback – March 24, 2009
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As in her previous titles, such as Bat Loves the Night (2001), zoologist Davies pulls young kids into the animal world with an atmospheric story that is filled with facts. A young boy helps his grandfather build a box for a barn owl and install it in a nearby tree. Together they wait and watch, and after many evenings, they spot a barn owl flying into their homemade nest, carrying prey for its young. On each spread, fonts in different sizes guide children toward the facts: words in larger typeface tell the story; lines in a smaller font, which resembles handwriting, imparts simple facts about owls' pellets, feathers, body features, and nesting habits. A concluding note tells more about nesting boxes. The poetic, sensory words (the owl's feathers have a "velvety softness") and the realistic, watercolor-and-pastel pictures, especially those of the snow-white bird against the darkening sky, will place kids at the center of the boy's experience even as it heightens their interest in these intriguing animals. Engberg, Gillian
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With a big assist from Michael Foreman’s shimmering watercolors, British zoologist Nicola Davies captures the bird’s ethereal beauty.
Lovely. . . . The quietly lyrical text is accompanied by Foreman’s quietly beautiful illustrations.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
his lovely title will be enjoyed widely for personal reading and teaching purposes.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
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He began to tell her all sorts of interesting facts about them and showed her a barn owl pellet. Inside there were some very odd things like fur and bones, but it was very interesting to learn new things. They kept a watch to see if the owl would climb into the box. They were going to have to be very patient because even though Grandpa knew there were owls nearby you could never tell what a wild animal will do.
Along with this lovely narrative, there is factual information about the barn owl on the opposite page such as "Under their feathers, owls are slim. Their bones are hollow, which keeps their bodies light and makes flying easy." There is even a "real size" drawing of a barn owl pellet. The art work is enchanting and is no surprise this is a nominee for a Vermont Red Clover Award for children in Kindergarten through the fourth grade.
It is a really lovely book and can be altered however you need it to be for your child. Two thumbs up.