The Silent Owl, book review

 

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Title: The Silent Owl
by: Sam McPhillips
illustrated by: Clemency Pearce
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

In the deep, dark forest lives a silent owl.
The forest animals are worried about Owl, but he has a few surprises up his sleeve!

I have a new favourite book to add to my list of “picture book favourites” – The Silent Owl, written by Sam McPhillips. The story is simple, with a flowing rhyming text, and filled with caring forest animals. Somehow it makes the world feel like a better place.

The main character is an owl who is silent, by choice or not is up to the reader to decide. The owl remains silent, even as a string of animals visit and ask him a question to encourage him to speak … but he never does. You have to admire the owl for not bowing down to peer pressure and staying calm throughout the series of events. He is not only a silent owl, but a strong owl, or perhaps even a stubborn owl…

Illustrator, Clemency Pearce, has created delightful collage illustrations with backdrops of paint in amazing hues. Her art style would be ideal to emulate as part of an art activity to accompany the story.

I highly recommend The Silent Owl. It’s a story where the owl has an untold story, and one that would lead to interesting discussions with readers, and perhaps creating understanding of other personalities. The Silent Owl is an important story, as it is about acceptance, about differences, and celebrating individuality.

Purchase a copy: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/Books/Children/The-Silent-Owl/1156/productview.aspx

Title: The Silent Owl
by: Sam McPhillips
illustrated by: Clemency Pearce
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520019
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Digby and the Yodelayhee … Who? a book review

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Title: Digby and the Yodelayhee … Who?
by: Renee Price
illustrated by: Anil Tortop
Publisher: Create It Kids

Yodelayhee!
What could it be?…
Digby Fixit is perplexed. What or who is making that super-duper sound?
Join Digby and his very-bestest friends, as they help solve the mystery of the noisy noise, with some toe-tapping fun along the way.

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After reading Digby and the Yodelayhee … Who? by talented author and musician, Renee Price, you will find yourself in a yodelay-ing hip mood. Renee has cleverly incorporated musical instruments, onomatopoeia, repetition of words and a mystery into her tale – all ingredients that will make this book a favourite on anyone’s bookshelf. And as the icing on the cake, Renee has recorded her own catchy song to accompany the book.
 Listen to Digby’s Jam here:  https://soundcloud.com/renee-price/digbys-jam

The ever-incredible illustrator, Anil Tortop, has created colourful pictures throughout the book, ensuring children’s eyes are glued to the tale as it unwinds. She has also added a curious cat who is up to mischief on most of the page spreads, that is sure to delight. Watch Anil drawing in action:  https://vimeo.com/190977962 

 

 

I highly recommend Digby and the Yodelayhee … Who?
It is a feel good book with multi-dimensions that can be used in many ways.
For educational settings, students will love joining in with the actions of the music, as well as creating their own musical instruments to go with the story. An essential activity to accompany this book would be to have students retell the story from the cat’s point of view. This is an essential book to have at home, school or the library.

Purchase a copy: http://www.createitkids.com.au/product/digbyandtheyodelayheewho/
Be sure to check out Renee Price’s first book, Digby’s Moon Mission http://www.createitkids.com.au/shop/

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Title: Digby and the Yodelayhee … Who?
by: Renee Price
illustrated by: Anil Tortop
Publisher: Create It Kids
ISBN: 9780992345754
Category: children 2-7 years
Pages: 24

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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