This is Owl is ‘A flapping, tapping, clapping interactive book’ which engages young readers by encouraging them to interact with Owl. It’s a fun story to read aloud and, by following a sequence of actions, the child becomes really involved in Owl’s story.
The Story: We are introduced to Owl who needs to be woken up. As night falls we are encouraged to help him fly but he disappears and we need to ask other birds to help us find him. We find him sitting with Other Owl but they need help building a nest. Their new nest looks fabulous and as day breaks the two owls have something very exciting to show us…
Tickling, clapping, flapping, blowing and tipping the page are all encouraged to help the reader get to know Owl. His disappearance adds a fun element to the story and a mystery for other birds to solve. Owl doesn’t respond to us verbally but through his actions, it is the narrator of the story who keeps up the connection by alternating between talking to him and the reader
We love Jacqui’s bold, eye-catching illustrations which complement the simplicity of the text. Owl is cute although he’s a little aloof until the end of the story when he’s eager to show readers what is in his nest. At the beginning of the story we’re introduced to the fact that owls are nocturnal. We were also interested to learn that they don’t build their own nests so readers are encouraged to help the two owls by drawing twigs with their fingers.
Other animals are also introduced in the illustrations, our favourite character is a vampire bat hanging from a branch – he’s a little bit confused, he thought that he was Owl!!
This is Owl would be a great book to read to a group of preschoolers. Along with actions there are also half cut pages to turn, a flap to lift and lots of opportunities to develop vocabulary. Counting, colours and animal recognition can all be encouraged while reading the story which also introduces the concepts of night and day and eggs hatching.
You can also make your own picture using heart templates. First make a branch then stick the hearts together in an owl shape. A starry sky completes the picture, we laminated this one to use as a placemat.
This is Owl is a simple first picture book story which encourages interaction during reading and makes it a fun and enjoyable experience.
Age Range: 2 +
Author: Libby Walden / Illustrator: Jacqui Lee
Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending This is Owl. It was fun to play with the two owls 🙂
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