White Owl, Barn Owl (Read and Wonder Series)

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"Few children now have access to the open woodlands and grasslands frequented by barn owls, but they can all enjoy the magic of the bird thanks to this lovely introduction." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A young girl and her grandfather look for a barn owl night after night. Will a distinctive heart-shaped face appear at the window? Michael Foreman’s lush, intimate paintings are a perfect companion to Nicola Davies’s lyrical text featuring ...

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Overview

"Few children now have access to the open woodlands and grasslands frequented by barn owls, but they can all enjoy the magic of the bird thanks to this lovely introduction." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A young girl and her grandfather look for a barn owl night after night. Will a distinctive heart-shaped face appear at the window? Michael Foreman’s lush, intimate paintings are a perfect companion to Nicola Davies’s lyrical text featuring intriguing facts about a rare bird indeed.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Around the story, narrated by a child, of the efforts of her grandfather and herself to set up a nest for a barn owl, information about the life, appearance, activities, and family of barn owls is clearly delineated. The tale of the wait for an owl to come to nest and of the observations of the two watchers is told with wonder and printed in large type. On the same pages, useful facts are added as if in penned notes. The visuals are bathed in the evening's deep blue, starting on the endpapers where a leafless tree sits in an otherwise unbroken blue landscape. The title page introduces the humans and a ladder to the tree; then we follow them as they carry a large box for the nest. Watercolors and pastels create the people, atmosphere, and objects with convincing clarity and a sense of wonder. Eventually the owl settles in and we see close-ups of its soft whiteness against the darkening sky. On the back endpapers, the tree in the same landscape has leaves, while two owls fly off into the sky. An added note is an encouragement to help bring back barn owls by making a nest box. There is also an index.
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PreS-Gr 3
Simple facts about the hunting and nesting habits of barn owls intertwine with the story of two humans who put a nesting box for them high in a tree. Narrated by a girl whose grandfather explains owl behavior as the two watch for avian visitors in the evenings, the story also contains insets of information bits. Well-chosen design elements move both fiction and fact along with clarity and ease, with different fonts clearly separating the two. Foreman's artwork includes lovely watercolor and pastel paintings of the birds in flight and peering from the nesting box. Appealing shades of blue suggest the night, and these scenes are paired with beige pages or panels carrying alternate text. Brief explanations of feathers and flight, the contents of owl pellets, and the hatching of eggs pair well with the child's realistic first encounter with the barn owls. This simpler introduction complements Tony Johnston's poetic The Barn Owls (Charlesbridge, 2000) and Sally Tagholm's more informative Barn Owl (Kingfisher, 2003), which is for a slightly older audience. This lovely title will be enjoyed widely for personal reading and teaching purposes.
—Margaret BushCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Few children in the U.S. now have access to the open woodlands and grasslands frequented by barn owls, but they can all enjoy the magic of this bird thanks to this lovely introduction. One winter, a grandfather and his small grandchild (with longish hair but undetermined gender) find an owl roost, open owl pellets, install a nest box and watch patiently until spring when they are rewarded with the sight of owls, hunting in their fields and feeding a family in the box they have provided. The quietly lyrical text is accompanied by Foreman's quietly beautiful illustrations, carefully drawn and painted in textured blues and muted sunset colors, and scientifically accurate except for the oversized moon. Asides, with additional information, are illustrated in browns and printed in a different font, as if they were science notes made by hand. An endnote about nest boxes and a rudimentary index make this useful as well as appealing for the young reader. A worthy companion to Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr's Caldecott-winning Owl Moon (1987). (Informational picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763641436
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Series: Read and Wonder Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 255,925
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Davies is a zoologist and the award-winning author of many books for children, including SURPRISING SHARKS, POOP, EXTREME ANIMALS, and BAT LOVES THE NIGHT. She lives in Somerset, England.

Michael Foreman has received the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, the Kurt Maschler Award, and the Bologna Graphics Prize. He lives in London and Cornwall.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Great for young and old alike!

    It's a great story for children as young as 3 when a little girl builds a nest for an owl with her grandfather and gets to see the owl. It's also great for older children as this book tells great story and gives facts about owls! Highly recommend this book!

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