I don’t know quite when it happened – but it seems that owls are suddenly everywhere! This is especially so when it comes to children’s clothes, books and toys. I don’t have a problem with this; I’ve always thought owls were pretty cool and very cute – one of my favourite childhood books was The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.
My daughter absolutely adores owls. It was one of her first words (a nice easy one to say) and if she spots one when we’re out and about it’s always heralded very loudly with excited squeals of “owl, owl!” And she has been known to spot them in the least obvious places. When out with friends the other weekend, she spied one from across a big table on the side of a water bottle. We had no idea it was even there so were all very impressed!
So, as you can probably tell, any stories involving owls go down really well in our house, which leads me to a couple of book recommendations for any other parents with a mini owl fanatic in their fold.
Wow Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
The blurb: At night, when we are feeling tired and ready for bed, owls are just waking up. But this curious little owl decides to stay awake all day, instead of all night, and discovers a world bursting with colour! But when the night-time comes around again, the stars above her head are still the most beautiful sight of all. An engaging book about colours from the winner of the Best Emerging Illustrator, Booktrust Early Years Award 2008.
This is a lovely book and one that we originally found in the library before I decided we had to invest in our own copy. Apparently it was the author’s first book for younger readers and it’s certainly a hit with our little bookworm. She has enjoyed it since she was almost a year old but it’s even more popular now. I’m sure it will stay a firm favourite for a long time yet, especially once she starts to to become more familiar with the different colours. It’s both fun and educational and the illustrations are bright and engaging. We’ve got the board book version as these generally wear better in little hands.
I’m Not Santa! By Jonathan Allen
The blurb: Baby Owl is back in this follow-up to the highly successful I’m Not Cute! and I’m Not Scared! Baby Owl is taking a Christmas Eve stroll though the woods with his sledge, when Baby Hare mistakes him for Santa. “I’m not Santa!” Baby Owl insists, and a comic Christmas tale unfolds.
Another library find when I was looking for something Christmassy. This book made me laugh, so is definitely one adults will enjoy too. You’ll recognise with amusement the all too familiar toddler behaviour of both Baby Owl and Baby Hare, especially Baby Hare getting very upset when he realises Baby Owl really isn’t Santa! I’ve since discovered that there’s a whole series of books featuring Baby Owl so I’m really looking forward to reading more of these.
If anyone else has any ‘owly’ recommendations of their own, please do share them with us. And to finish, here’s a barn owl pic I couldn’t resist!
Top image courtesy of Sattva/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
Bottom image courtesy of Liz Noffsinger/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.