by Emma Dodd
Nosy Crow/Candlewick Press, 2014
A comforting, sweet story of a parent sharing with her child all the ways her child shows he is happy.
In a simple, poetic voice, mama owl tells her child, “I know that you are happy when you have a lot to say.” From hopping and skipping along to giggling when he plays, the reader discovers the many ways in which the child expresses their happiness. The illustrations are beautiful and comforting. We see the face and eyes of mama and baby owl up close, we see them playing hide and go seek with each other, and we see shiny gold highlights nearly each page bringing in a subtle happiness. A wonderful book to share at bedtime with the very youngest.
Check out “Wish”, also by Emma Dodd.