Owlet's First Flight
Owlet's First Flight
G. P. Putnam's Sons, Hardcover, 9780399255267, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2012
His mama says, "It's time you took flight.""
This little Owlet does not want to be out by himself in the dark. But Mama believes he can be brave, so he decides to leave the nest for the first time. As Owlet makes his way through the sky to explore the sights and sounds of nighttime, he runs into a few frightening obstacles along the way, but he eventually learns that being brave can be a fun adventure
Perfect for reading at bedtime to relieve nighttime anxiety, watching Owlet fly through the sky will show young readers that things may not always be as scary as they first seem.
MITRA MODARRESSI is the author and illustrator of Monster Stew, published by DK Ink, which the New York Times Book Review said offered "everything the small child's mind desires". She also wrote and illustrated The Dream Pillow, The Parent Thief, and The Beastly Visits, and illustrated Tumble Tower, written by Anne Tyler. She frequently patronizes yard sales in her hometown of San Francisco.
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS:
"Simple rhyming text describes owlet’s initial reluctance to fly, his mama’s firm encouragement and the resulting nocturnal adventure. . . Modarressi’s talent with watercolors elevates this sweet bedtime tale above the many titles of this ilk. Owlet’s eyes convey his every emotion—worry, fear, surprise, relief and joy. Skillful layering of color conveys the bird’s swooping movements, while sharply drawn details of the creatures contrast nicely with the softer natural backgrounds, including the sky that ranges from inky blue to purplish pink. Preschoolers are sure to enjoy this cozy story and cheer for Owlet"
"The rhyming text tells Little Owlet’s story simply, while the watercolor paintings depict his world in simplified forms and muted colors. . . the double-page paintings portray Owlet’s neighborhood at night as an intriguing and, somehow, comforting landscape. An encouraging bedtime book for the many young children who fear the dark and dream of independence."
FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
"Modarressi’s soft-focus watercolors capture the excitement of Owlet’s success and the beauty of a late summer’s night."