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When I received Owls by Matt Sewell, I quickly flipped through the small hardback book, chuckling unexpectedly at some of the wide-eyed illustrations.  But I was in a rush, you see, and so I tossed the book on the coffee table intending to do a thorough inspection and review later in the day. Having been introduced to Blogging for Books by a friend, I wanted to do a good job.  Well, I can honestly say that it is a wonderful book to share with an inquisitive young reader.  My young friend whom I have mentioned often in this blog, now eight-years old, was visiting and she found the book.  I came upon her sitting quietly reading it on the couch. I watched as she sounded out Latin text and she also chuckled at the illustrations of owls each with a distinctive character.  When she saw me watching her, she waved me over to sit beside her and so we read the book together.  Each reading a page out loud about a different owl.

The author and illustrator is ornithologist Matt Sewell and I keep reading that he is described as the Banksy of the bird world.  Now, I just barely know who Banksy is (you can read more about him here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksy ) but you don’t need to know Banksy to enjoy this book with or without a little reader by your side.

Yes, I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  A good deal but the best part was watching the joy the book brought to a young reader who is still learning about the world.  As my friend likes to say when she is happy with something, two thumbs up!

Learn more about the author here http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/152488/matt-sewell/.

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It was to be a short walk in the Belle Isle Marsh.  I expected to capture sunlight on branches.  The snowy owl in a tree was quite the surprise.  Thanks to a kind stranger who pointed out the white spot and even let people borrow his binoculars for a better look.

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I  have never seen an owl in the wild.  I have heard them though, that distinctive hoo, hoo, hoo.  They have been on my mind of late because of family and friends.   As I worked with a colleague on her daughter’s nursery one day, she shared her fondness for the winged creatures.  So ever since then, for her, I have kept an eye open for small owlish things that can be shared by mother and child.  Sometimes I keep the items for myself like the above postcard tucked in an alcove.  While my brother and I do not share a love of owls, we do share a love for the movie, The Secret of NIMH.

Secret of NIMH Theatrical Poster

I purchased the movie recently to share with a young friend.  I had not realized how much of the story I had forgotten.  As my friend and I perched on the couch, mesmerized by the story and the jewel-colored artwork, I was surprised with great joy — and my young friend with a bit of fear — as a magnificent Great Owl strode across the screen, his mammoth claws cracking the remains of past dinners, bones in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Such sights do make me wonder if this small bone I found in the woods was left by hawk or owl.

I’m not an especially nocturnal person which is probably why my path does not cross that of the owls and vice versa.   According to Massachusetts Audubon though they are everywhere across my state.  We’ll see what the future holds, especially as daylight saving time soon ends and I find myself out at dusk.  I just hope I have my camera ready so that I may eventually share some images with you.  Meanwhile, here are just a few of the many online sites that already contain wonderful images and information:

Massachusetts Audubon Owls

The Owl Pages

Cornell Lab of Ornithology:  Owls

Animal Planet: Owl Page

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