Otis the Owl

photos by Mary Holland. 32p. Arbordale. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781628559392; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781628559408; ebk. $6.95. ISBN 9781628559422.
PreS-Gr 1—This gem introduces children to the charming simplicity of the life of Otis and his barred owl family. His home is a hole in a craggy tree, where readers can observe as he eats under the watchful eye of his parents, squabbles and reconciles with his sister, and prepares for flight. Holland's photography matches the text well. After reading about the adorable Otis, students will be curious to learn more about barred owls. Back matter consists of additional information on anatomy, prey, and regurgitation, subjects that could spark discussion with an adult.
VERDICT Delightful for nonfiction storytimes everywhere, especially those with an interest in baby animals.

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