White Owl, Barn Owl (Read and Wonder Series)by Nicola Davies, Michael Foreman
A young girl and her grandfather look for a barn owl night after night. Will a distinctive heart-shaped face appear at the window?/b>
"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.
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.
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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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!