This past week we have been reading Oliver the Owl by Sally Bailey-Young. We thoroughly enjoyed reading The Little Red Airplane by the same publishers Austin Macauley so was eager to see what Oliver the Owl is all about.
Oliver is a barn owl and he is growing up. The day he learns to fly is a great day and his new skill gives him the ability to observe the world. For instance, he watches the deer in the forest. He watches the children around the barn. He’s wary of the banging machine that’s used to scare the birds away from the crops. But most of all, he learns how things can help each other. When he discovers two old scarecrows in the barn he discovers how great it can be to make other people’s lives better.
What we thought
On first impressions, the illustrations are lovely. The book does include a lot of text to the story, which is a bit much for younger children to follow. It’s ideal for a bedtime story though and I’m sure older children from 6/7 years up would thoroughly enjoy it.
Baby girl has been following the story with her little torch, she loves to shine up the pictures and pretending to read the words.
The story about Oliver is well written and one of those feel good characters. It starts off introducing Oliver as a young owl exploring the world as he flies around. He then meets Hugo the old scarecrow in the barn. Hugo tells Oliver about all the things he used to do out in the fields.
You then meet the family that live on the farm and the granddad tells the grandchildren all about the scarecrows and their lives.
Oliver and the Owl is a story of friendship and how friendships last a lifetime.
I have given Oliver the Owl 4 out of 5 stars.
Where to find
Oliver the Owl is available from Amazon
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