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Owl sees owl / by Laura Godwin ; illustrated by Rob Dunlavey.

Godwin, Laura, author. (Author). Dunlavey, Rob, illustrator. (Added Author).
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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library E G (Text) 33500012418620 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780553497823
  • ISBN: 0553497820
  • ISBN: 9780553497830
  • ISBN: 0553497839
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2016]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: A baby owl leaves the nest one night, explores the world around him, sees his own reflection, and then returns to the safety of home.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 July #1
    *Starred Review* One night, a small owl ventures out of its nest. Like a curious child seeking adventure, the owl leaves the safety of home and family to explore the larger world. Using only four well-chosen words, which resemble short poems, on each two-page spread, a whole story is told. "Tree / Nest / Hop / Look"—and the owl is poised on a branch. "Jump / Flutter / Flap / Fly"—and the owl is on its way. The full moon is ever present, lending enough light for the owl and the reader to see details such as fall leaves changing color, pumpkins on the ground, and mice scampering away from the owl, which is more intent on exploring than hunting. In a climactic scene, the owl's trip takes it to a pond. There, in the water, "Owl / Sees / Owl," or at least owl's reflection. The amazing discovery sends the owl scurrying back into the sky. Furthering the theme of a mirror image, the text reverses itself. The same four words reappear on each page, but this time in opposite order, and the circular trail of words and pictures leads the little owl safely back home. Luminous blue-and-black-toned multimedia illustrations, rendered in soft shapes and rich colors, convey the quiet, dark beauty of an autumn night. Simple yet stirring, this is perfect for preschooler bedtimes. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Laura Godwin has written many well-loved books for children, including the Doll People novels, which she co-authored with Ann M. Martin. She also works as a children’s book editor. She lives in New York City.

Rob Dunlavey is the illustrator of The Dandelion’s Tale by Kevin Sheehan, which was called “luminous” and “radiant” in a starred review by Kirkus Reviews; Over in the Wetlands by Caroline Starr Rose; and Counting Crows by Kathy Appelt. His artwork has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, and the Los Angeles Times, among many other publications. He lives in suburban Boston with his wife, two teenage daughters, a cat, and a tropical fish. Learn more at

Subject: Owls > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION > Animals > Birds.
JUVENILE FICTION > Animals > General.
JUVENILE FICTION > Nature & the Natural World > General (see also headings under Animals)

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