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Owlet's First Flight

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Little Owlet wakes on a moonlit night.
His mama says, "It's time you took flight."

This little Owlet does not want to be out by himself in the dark. But Mama believes he can be brave, so he decides to leave the nest for the first time. As Owlet makes his way through the sky to explore the sights and sounds of nighttime, he runs into a few frightening obstacles along the way, but he eventually learns that being...

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Overview

Little Owlet wakes on a moonlit night.
His mama says, "It's time you took flight."

This little Owlet does not want to be out by himself in the dark. But Mama believes he can be brave, so he decides to leave the nest for the first time. As Owlet makes his way through the sky to explore the sights and sounds of nighttime, he runs into a few frightening obstacles along the way, but he eventually learns that being brave can be a fun adventure!

Perfect for reading at bedtime to relieve nighttime anxiety, watching Owlet fly through the sky will show young readers that things may not always be as scary as they first seem.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Little Owlet likes the comfort of his nest, high in a tree. He balks when his mama tells him it is time to take flight. All of his brothers and sisters are already in the air. Little Owlet complains that it is dark. Mama tells him that owls see fine in the dark. Finally he drops from the nest. After a frightening moment, he is steady. He discovers he is ready to fly and he soars over the landscape below. He is scared when he sees a shadow, but as he gets closer he sees it is only a tree. Then he hears loud pops and discovers acorns hitting a barn roof. When he hears a clanging sound, he swoops down to observe raccoons raiding a farmer's wagon of corn and apples. He perches on a tree branch and contemplates the miles he has flown and the places 'he has seen. As dawn is breaking he arrives home. Mama is proud as can be. The owl family sleeps snug in their nest. Softly colored illustrations cover the pages of this nighttime adventure. The varying expressions in Little Owlet's eyes convey, first, his fear, and then, his contentment. The rhyming text makes this a good read aloud. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Worried about flying for the first time, Owlet has not left his nest yet. When his mom encourages him to be brave like his brothers and sisters, he says, "'But it's dark,/I might lose my way.'" Mom reassures him that owls see fine in the dark and that it's their time to play. He takes off and is determined to keep flying. Instead of rushing home when he sees a clawlike shadow or hears scary noises by the farm, he continues his journey across the night sky. Several pages in this rhyming picture book encourage children to use their imagination. Before turning the page, ask, "What could that bang-clanging sound be? What toppled those metal containers?" Children familiar with noctural animals might guess that it's raccoons. Modarressi's soft-focus watercolors capture the excitement of Owlet's success and the beauty of a late summer's night.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Nighttime can be scary, especially for a young owl on his first flight. But as many children learn, most fears are often not what they seem. Simple rhyming text describes owlet's initial reluctance to fly, his mama's firm encouragement and the resulting nocturnal adventure. "A dip, a drop, but now he's steady. / Fly, little Owlet, tonight you are ready!" A wordless double-page spread follows, showing an owl-eye view of the dark landscape he is about to explore. Thankfully, frightening shadows are only tree branches, and a popping sound turns out to be acorns falling onto a barn roof. Modarressi's (Taking Care of Mama, 2010) talent with watercolors elevates this sweet bedtime tale above the many titles of this ilk. Owlet's eyes convey his every emotion--worry, fear, surprise, relief and joy. Skillful layering of color conveys the bird's swooping movements, while sharply drawn details of the creatures contrast nicely with the softer natural backgrounds, including the sky that ranges from inky blue to purplish pink. Preschoolers are sure to enjoy this cozy story and cheer for Owlet when he is finally "Safe with his family, snug in his nest"--which, sweetly, is heart-shaped. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399255267
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/12/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 495,008
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitra Modarressi (www.mitramodarressi.com) has written and illustrated several picture books for children. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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