Friday, August 12, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book two hundred and twenty-four

The scenario in today's picture book will be very familiar to grownups who have a child in their lives. I don't want to say more because then I will give away too much. Suffice it to say that today's story is sweet and funny and a must read for teachers, parents, grandparents, and other people who take care of children. 

Paul Friester
Illustrated by Philippe Goossens
Picture Book
For ages 3 to 6
NorthSouth, 2011, 978-0-7358-4017-1
   One afternoon all the animals in the forest heard a dreadful “Hoo…Hoo…” noise. The little hedgehog bravely ventured out to find out who was making the noise and he found a little owl standing on the ground “howling miserably.” The hedgehog asked the little owl if she had fallen out of her nest, but the youngster shook her head and “kept on howling.”
   One by one the other animals in the forest try to find out what is distressing the little owl. The crow offers to play with her, the squirrel brings her a nut to eat, the mole gives the owl “something nice.” The stag beetle even threatens to “nip” the owl in the bottom because she is being naughty. Not surprisingly, this only makes the owl howl “even louder.” What on earth can be the matter with the little bird?
   Children are sure to love this cleverly crafted picture book, where the narrative keeps them guessing and guessing until, at last, the little owl speaks. What she says is sure to make children and their grownups laugh out loud.
   This title is part of a collection of picture books called Tuff Books that have tear-resistant and easy-to-clean pages so that toddlers can explore them without being able to damage them. 

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