Little Owl's Night

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It's evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can't understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? Mama Owl begins to describe it to him, but as the sun comes up, Little Owl falls fast asleep.

Putting a twist on the bedtime book, Little Owl's Night is...

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Overview

It's evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can't understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? Mama Owl begins to describe it to him, but as the sun comes up, Little Owl falls fast asleep.

Putting a twist on the bedtime book, Little Owl's Night is sure to comfort any child with a curiosity about the night.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There's a surfeit of books about going to bed, but fewer about the beauty of night after all the humans have gone to sleep. In her debut, Srinivasan explores this world through the character of Little Owl, a mite of a bird with enormous green eyes. "Little Owl visited his friend the raccoon. As they sat in the clover, fog rolled in and hovered just overhead." There's no thread joining the events of Little Owl's pleasant evening; he thinks about showing his friend Bear the moon, but Bear doesn't wake up. Fox says hello, but doesn't stay. "Tell me again how night ends," Little Owl asks his mother. "The moon and stars fade to ghosts," she tells him. "Spiderwebs turn to silver threads." The story's chief virtue is its graceful, balletic prose; the artwork's crisp edges and cold greens and blacks, by contrast, have a polished, commercial feel—a Mary Blair vibe in a Photoshop era. It's a provocative inversion of the classic bedtime story, and a solid first outing. Srinavasan's message is that night is a delightful place, and that's useful knowledge for small children. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Little Owl, being the nocturnal creature that he is, loves savoring all the pleasures of nighttime. He enjoys observing the activities of other creatures of the night: the waddling possum family, the sniffing hedgehog, the gnawing beavers, croaking Frog, chirping Cricket, the fluttering moths, the dancing fireflies. But Little Owl cannot wake sleeping Bear, who snores on oblivious to the night's sweet pleasures. Finally, when night is almost spent and it is time for even the bats to glide home, Little Owl asks Mama to tell him "how night ends." But before she can finish her poetic almost-morning-time story ("Dewdrops sparkle on leaves and grass like tiny stars come down"), Little Owl has fallen asleep. Srinivasan's debut picture book captures the dark beauty and mystery of the night on her quiet black-background pages. Children should enjoy the reversal of seeing bedtime come at morning for Little Owl—if the soothing text does not lure them to sleep themselves just as the rooster begins his crowing and Little Owl dozes off. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Little Owl-almost overly cute, with huge green eyes-loves the night forest. He flutters around and observes the activities of his nocturnal neighbors. White-faced possums waddle by, bright-eyed beavers chomp on trees against the backdrop of the round moon, crickets chirp, frogs croak, and Little Owl takes it all in. Eventually he returns home, where Mama tells him his favorite story: how night becomes day. "The moon and stars fade to ghosts…the sky brightens from black to blue, blue to red, red to gold…." However, Little Owl does not hear or see it; he is fast asleep. Many young listeners will meet the same pleasant fate by way of this eye-catching, lilting, and reassuring book.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews

A graceful bedtime story celebrates the beauty found in night.

Little Owl loves the night forest. He can't imagine a better place. He glides from friend to friend, watching and listening. Hedgehog snuffles for mushrooms. Turtle hides in her shell as fireflies dot the sky. But try as he might, Little Owl cannot wake Bear inside the Grumbly Cave. He snores soundly. But what if the bear has never seen stars? As morning draws near, Little Owl settles in on his branch and whispers softly to his mother, "[T]ell me again how night ends." "Spiderwebs turn to silver threads," she begins. "The sky brightens from black to blue, blue to red, red to gold." But Little Owl does not hear. His wide, innocent green eyes have already shut tight. Srinivasan's picture-book debut beckons readers to follow this curiously adorable creature through the sky. The moon and stars illuminate the dark background, and a flat palette of black, greens and browns blankets the forest in quiet stillness. More lyrical than linear, the story flits from one animal to the next. But readers won't mind.

Hold on to Little Owl's tail feathers and soar. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pamela Paul
…exceptional…Watch out, parents: this bedtime tale may even convert children who are afraid of the dark into adventuresome night owls.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670012954
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 127,734
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Divya Srinivasan (www.pupae.com) lives in Austin, Texas. Little Owl's Night is her first book.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Cute, but...

    My granddaughter is 3. I bought this book for her. She loves animals and liked the illustrations in this book. What she didn't like (and I didn't either), was the fact that several dead fish and fish skeletons were pictured in this book. Yes, fish are food for many other animals, but very young children don't need to be reminded of this in a storybook. I was disappointed with this. Otherwise, the adventures of the Little Owl were fun for my granddaughter to have read to her.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Great Bedtime Book

    Charming little story of what goes on at night while little owl is awake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Love it

    I got 2 of these, one for each of my 3 year old grandchildren. I really love the story and the pictures but have not gotten reaction from the kids yet as they are for Christmas.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    My 2 1/2 year old loves having this read to her at bed time. The

    My 2 1/2 year old loves having this read to her at bed time. The illustrations are gorgeous (I would buy posters to hang if I could!), and the story is incredibly sweet. I also like that the story is not filled with gibberish like so many other children's books.

    I am 100% pleased with this title and would recommend it to anyone with a curious toddler or beyond!

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Cute

    My daughter absolutely loves this cute little story!!

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    Must have bedtime story for toddlers.

    The amazing illustrations in this book assist in telling this sweet story of a little owl in the forest. My two year old daughter loves hearing this book at bedtime. Great addition to any little one's library.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Recommended by a teacher

    Unique illustrations, factual information. Our 3-year old enjoys it!

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Beautiful book for my grandson!

    Beautiful book for my grandson!

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