Monday, March 2, 2009

Nonfiction Monday: White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Michael Foreman

A small girl and her grandpa put up a nesting box in a tree and wait for a barn owl to nest there. When the owl finally comes, it's a magical experience as she and her grandpa observe the great bird.

The narrative between grandfather and granddaughter is filled with simple facts about barn owls' habits and behavior. Additional information is included in captions around the illustrations.

Michael Foreman's illustrations include both blue-hued large paintings and smaller earth-toned images, all with his trademark spare beauty and detail.

Additional information about nesting boxes for owls and a brief index are included.

Verdict: A beautifully written and lovingly illustrated introduction to barn owls.

ISBN: 978-0763633646; Published April 2007 by Candlewick; Borrowed from the library

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