John Martin Campbell is research professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He is also the author of Magnificent Failure: A Portrait of the Western Homestead Era.
Slinging the Bull in Korea: An Adventure in Psychological Warfareby John Martin Campbell
Hoot knows he is a very wise owl, and he is looking forward to sharing all his knowledge about the ways of owls with his younger sister, Peep. For instance, owls only say “Hooo!” Soon after their night together begins, the two siblings realize they are singing different songs. Hoot is a very good owl always saying “Hooo!” morning, noon, or night. Bu, Peep sings to the magic and mystery of the night’s sights and sounds. With wide-eyed wonder, her tunes of “Schweeepty peep!” and “Dingity dong, slippity slap!” float in the night air through the city, but are not at all what Hoot was trying to teach her. Unable to coax the other that they are singing the wrong song, Peep heads out into the night alone to sing her own song as Hoot stays behind. It does not take long for him to find that the night is lonely without his sister and her songs. Maybe, just maybe, Hoot is no as wise as he thinks. Judge’s lyrical text captures the simple, but very real, nature of siblings, be they owl or human. Her vivid illustrations lend their own kind of magic through the blue watercolor hues of night and the adorable wide-eyed characters you cannot help but fall in love with. Large rooftops, church steeples, gargoyles, as well as a cast of ever present mice (think Cinderella’s Gus and Jacques) and crows, give one a sense that the story takes place somewhere in Europe. A sweet story about siblings, this makes a wonderful read-aloud book. Reviewer: Linda Sweitzer; Ages 3 to 6.
- University of New Mexico Press
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- 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
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