Sunday, April 24, 2016

Owl Takes Ten: Little Owl's 1-2-3


Little Owl is counting on seeing some familiar faces as he softly wings along through the dark trees.

There ahead is a spot of bright color in a clearing: One. One Red Fox.

The fox waves as Little Owl flies toward the stream where two beavers are working overtime on their dam. Ahead  three skunks give him a quick smile as they nibble berries.

Little Owl flies on, spotting four 'possums looking for snails, and five moths flap across after him as he spots six turtles, seven frogs, &and eight bats joining him on the wing.

Hedgehog is unruffled as he digs out nine fat mushrooms for a late night snack, while Raccoon counts the ten fish in Grumbly Cave pond.

Nights are a busy time for owls, but this Little Owl is ready for his tree and ready to close his eyes--just as soon as he counts the ten stars in the sky... 1, 2, 3....

Divya Srinivasan's Little Owl's 1-2-3 (Penguin Group, 2015) is as bright a night flight as can be imagined, done up in glowing greens set against a dark sky, an easy bedtime story that gets youngsters ready to count sheep themselves.

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