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Posted September 24, 2014
My 18 month old and 2 1/2 year old grandchildren love this book.
My 18 month old and 2 1/2 year old grandchildren love this book. Every time we go to the library it is their first choice. They ask to have it read and then pour over the pages after memorizing it and "read" it to themselves. Fun book for very young children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 31, 2014
My 22 month old daughter has this book memorized. It's amazing.
My 22 month old daughter has this book memorized. It's amazing. For her age kid, the story is perfect. You kind of have to act it out but there's a lot of potential there. She could tell the story on her own. She loves all the guesses about who the mommy is and the descriptions of the mommies (she's BIG, like this!), she yells along with "I know! I know! Here's your mommy!" and is overjoyed when the real mommy owl is found in the end. She also points out the mommy owl searching for the baby owl in the shadows on every page. This is one of her favorite books ever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2012
We checked this book out at the library due to a suggestion from the staff. My daughter loved and wanted me to buy it. We read it 4 times the first night. Great Book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Elegant, Bright Little Owl
Haughton, Chris. LITTLE OWL LOST. Candlewick Press.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In our world, understatement is becoming a lost art, and elegance a disappearing quality. This book has both, in Haughton's art and in the many production details not immediately noticeable.
Block gloss letters form a vertical column above the main character's head on the cover, picked out in white in contrast to the quiet olive green empty matte background. A different design is on the rear cover, showing Owl atop his nest. Opening the book, a viewer notices the restrained endpapers in two shades of blue featuring simplified, decorative tree silhouettes. Close examination shows the back endpapers are similar but not identical, an example of the careful approach to exemplary design qualities. The half title page repeats the column of lettering, only this time in the olive green of the cover background, above the single figure of Owl facing into the rest of the book. The double spread title page introduces a vibrant new color, orange, with the olive green background to provide continuity.
The action starts on the opening wordless, double spread, where we see mother and baby depicted in shades which are similar in intensity to the colors on the endpapers, but in this different tonality. A half page turns to reveal that sleepy baby has indeed bounced off his nest and then bumped along until he meets an inquisitive squirrel who tries to be helpful in reuniting the lost baby with his mother. On the search, other silhouettes of bear, rabbit, and different tree shapes add interesting complexity. Once again the design elements are worth noticing: the tree trunks provide strong rhythmic vertical accents. Throughout, large areas of highly saturated plain color or of the white paper focus viewer's attention on the design quality of the various animals. None of these turn out to be the owl's mother, despite the squirrel's good intentions. Finally a frog joins in the search, to help bring the missing mother and child back together. On that double spread, mother owl's comforting wings are stretched across the gutter to enfold her child. The exaggerated scale of the mother owl compared to the size of her baby emphasizes the strength of her comfort. All's well as mother and baby owl and their guests, squirrel and frog, enjoy cookies in the nest. Or is all well? On the last wordless page, it seems perhaps baby, precariously close to the nest's edge, has begun to doze off again, which precipitated the action at the beginning.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's maxim, "less is more," is certainly exemplified here. The bold, clean-edged, un-modulated saturated colors and bold use of "empty" space make for a dramatic presentation. The challenge for teachers and librarians will be to help children appreciate a book which doesn't scream aloud for attention.
John Warren Stewig
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