Little Owl

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little-owl

GWYNNE, Phillip (text) Sandy Okalyi (illus.) Little Owl Working Title Press, 2014 unpaged $24.99 ISBN 9781921504587 SCIS 1651528

Young children will love this story: when a baby owls falls out of his nest he meets eight other Australian animals but frightens them away with his hooting.  Each animal has a distinctive manner of escape: soaring, swooping, scurrying, scuttling, flitting, strutting, and so on.  The verbs are fun and small children will enjoy imitating the animals’ actions.  The illustrations, in bright colours including a particularly vivid crimson, perfectly complement the story of this large format hardback.  Recommended.  Ages 3-6.

reviewed by Elizabeth Douglas

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