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In a stunning portrayal of predator and prey, a screech owl hunts at twilight to feed her three babies. Oliver's signature linocuts enhanced with paint and pencils will project for a group and will intrigue individual viewers who can look for nocturnal creatures that use disguise or camouflage to hide among the tall grasses, craggy tree bark, and mottled rocks. The swooping owl just misses several targets before she catches a giant luna moth, and then, "with feathers pulled tight and ear tufts high," hides herself to escape a great horned owl. Oliver's elegant text is highly descriptive and action packed. Early-literacy preschool programs will find the writing techniques supportive of their goals, and effortlessly so, because an expert use of synonyms will promote vocabulary building. To help teachers and parents, a simple dialogic-reading opportunity is supported by additional scientific explanations of camouflage and disguise at the end, and for visual learners, a seek-and-find game map will add some fun. Pair this with Martin Waddell's luminous Owl Babies (Candlewick, 1996) for a terrific preschool storytime.
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