|(Illustration by Valerie Greeley)|
That must be a cue for the Great Horned Owls to start looking for a mate - their breeding time is from October through December here in SoCal. Below is a photo my son took at sunrise early one spring morning a couple of years ago, of two of them after nesting season was over.
Today I have to share an adorable children's book about owls! (you can also go here for my past post featuring other owl book recommendations.)
The book is Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell and beautifully illustrated by Patrick Benson. It's a story about waiting and reassurance...
And it is my grandson Peter's current favorite library book (my daughter told me he's checked it out three times!) Last week I found a cute board book edition that came with a little stuffed owl, which I mailed off to Peter - he was quite ecstatic.
Toddlers and preschoolers can really relate to this simple story because, like most young children, the baby owls - "Sarah", "Percy", and "Bill" - miss their Mommy. Especially Bill, the youngest, whose only line (my grandson's favorite to chime in on) is: "I want my Mommy!"
The story starts as the worried owls wake up one night, in their little owl habitat (which the author describes perfectly), to find that their Owl Mother is gone. They do lots of wondering and thinking - "all owls think a lot" - and waiting. It's dark and things are moving all around them. They have to be brave and stick together, and finally, just as they closed their eyes and began wishing... sure enough, "SHE CAME!"
Watch the charming animated version of the book below to find out what Bill's one line of input changes to at the end of the story...and Happy Fall, dear readers!