Father and daughter are quietly walking through the forest: they are “owling”. From time to time father calls for a big horned owl, but there is no answer, and they continue their adventure through the dark snowy forest hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious owl. The style of narration is poetic, and the words on each page are neatly arranged as if one reads a rhyme. The illustrator uses lines, curves and shadows to convey mystery of the forest and wonders of nature. Watercolor illustrations in blue and white create a great setting for a cold snowy night. In many illustrations, the characters are seen to be very small figures against the wintery landscape, with their faces not drawn with great details. This technique brings a great feeling of something big and wonderful happening to our characters, something that calls for silence and great deal of attention and patience. The vastness of nature and silence of winter is felt with every page turned. The presence of the owl is felt as the reader moves to the end of the book, building excitement and anticipation. This book is great for preschoolers and up to second grade students.
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