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White Owl, Barn Owl: Read and Wonder (Read and Wonder)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
"Few children now have access to the open woodlands and grasslands
frequented by barn owls, but they can all enjoy the magic of the bird thanks to this lovely introduction." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A young girl and her grandfather look for a barn owl night after night. Will a distinctive heart-shaped face appear at the window? Michael Foreman’s lush, intimate paint
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published April 10th 2007)
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Danielle Truitt
Dec 01, 2015 Danielle Truitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow-books
White Owl, Barn Owl is another great story in the Read and Wonder series. Its about a little girl and her grandfather. She helped her Grandfather build a large wooden box, but when she asked him what it was for she had to wait. He got a ladder and put the box way up high in an old oak tree then he showed her some special things and talked to her about barn owls. Along with the story, there is factual information about the barn owls on the opposite pages, such as "Under their feathers, owls are s ...more
I paired this informative fiction picture book with different titles depending on grade. Located a copy of PBS excerpt called "The Power of Silent Flight", where viewers see (and hear) the difference between a pigeon, a peregrine falcon and a barn owl, in flight. Enjoyed pointing out the use of different fonts to indicate the realistic fiction story versus the facts. Some of the text was difficult to share, even with a lighted document camera because of the size of the font and darkness of the p ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked how the author was able to maintain all the factual information about barn owls while still making the story entertaining for young readers. I also enjoyed the additional facts noted in the pictures, so that you get both a narration of the story about barn owls and facts on the same page. There are even instructions for how to go about creating a barn owl box.
Another of Nicola Davies' hybrid narrative/informational picture books. I'm not as big of a fan of the illustrations in this as in some of her others, but it's still a great science/lit option for kids.
A narrative filled with simple facts about barn owls habitats and behaviors as a girl and her grandfather observe a nesting box they put in a tree. Additional information about nesting boxes.
Memory Toast
Jul 28, 2015 Memory Toast rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So interesting! I learned a lot about barn owls and got a sweet story in the mix. This author makes use of color and font to draw out her points.
Lisa Vegan
Feb 03, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids interested in nature and owls
There’s a fictional story in this book about a young girl and her grandfather but this is mostly a non-fiction book about barn owls, and the educational parts were more interesting than the story. The story was just ok but for nature curious kids, this could be a worthy book.

In 29 pages, many facts about barn owls are presented. There’s even an index in the back of the book. This book would be of particular interest in those who are interested in owls and especially for those with the means and
Dec 04, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Another great non-fiction narrative type book. Meaning, instead of boring facts an details about an talks about it in a story form.

I think owls are so amazing! The pictures were great, the information was interesting! Nicely done!!
M Lee
Jun 21, 2015 M Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-s, favorites, birds, owls
Enjoyable book about a little girl, her grandpa, and how they look for and encounter a barn owl.
Shaeley Santiago
Jun 11, 2011 Shaeley Santiago rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: elementary & MS science/biology teachers
Recommended to Shaeley by: Ansberry & Morgan
Shelves: children-s
Engaging story about a grandpa who puts out a nest box for barn owls with his granddaughter. Includes info on making your own nest box, characteristics of barn owls, their pellets, and other facts as a second story line. #bookaday

Similar to Owl Moon
Dec 03, 2007 Ronster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
Children's picture book. This story follows a young girl and her grandpa as they try to create a nesting site for a barn owl. Filled with facts about barn owls. Soft paintings depict nighttime beautifully. Pleasantly written. Use in lessons about barn owls, ecosystems and habitats.
Meg McGregor
Jun 21, 2013 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-lexi
With informative text as breathtaking as the illustrations - this is the perfect book to learn about owls and share that knowledge with a special owlet of your own!
Dec 09, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The pictures are beautiful in this book, it is a feel good story also.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Published: 2007
Mar 15, 2010 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
My 2 yo daughter liked this story and we read it a few times, but it was not requested night after night.
Michelle Nero
A great text to read with "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen.
This one was pretty good too. Nominated 2008-2009
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