ABRACADABRA! The Magic of Trying
by Maria Loretta Giraldo, illustrated by Nicoletta Bertelle
Magination Press, 2018
Originally published in Italy.
Little Owl is the last bird in his class to try to fly. He’s too afraid! When Mrs. Pigeon encourages him to fly, he insists he doesn’t want to fly. Turtle passes by and asks why he isn’t flying like the others and Little Owl admits he’s too afraid of falling. Turtle gives him the magic word, ABRACADABRA! and insists Little Owl can fly. But Owl fell. Mouse, then Hedgehog also encourage him. With all their reassurance, Little Owl tries one more time, follows all their suggestions, and flies. When he flies over a pond and discovers a Little Frog who is afraid to make his big jump out of the pond, Little Owl gives him the magic word and encouragement until Little Frog jumps out.
Striking colors in loose designs on white backgrounds calm young ones and invite them to apply the story to their situation. Includes notes for parents to help their child overcome a fear.
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Whobert Whover, Owl Detective
by Jason Gallaher, illustrated by Jess Pauwels
Margaret K. Elderberry Books, 2017
A hilarious book where the words tell one story, while the graphics tell another!
Whobert Whover (so clever, for the adults) is on the case when he discovers possum lying awfully still. He looks for clues. He finds a feather and concludes Debbie the bird killed Possom. Debbie tries to explain to Whobert, who did it, but Whobert Whover doesn’t exactly listen and looks for more clues. A rollicking walk through the forest, where Whobert so busy he doesn’t even notice that Possom is up and running away. Everyone, including the young readers, knows who done it—except Whobert! The ending doubles readers over in laughter.
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Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry
by Vern Kousky
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015
Otto the Owl simply loves poetry, but it makes him stand out and different from everyone else and others soon take to calling him names. He doesn’t understand the teasing, for “What could possibly be wrong with poetry?” But so sensitive to their taunts, he decides to run away.
After quoting poetry of others, he is inspired to speak his own poetry and, alone, directs his attention on the moon. When done, he is surprised to see others looking up at him, entranced by his words. He decides poetry is to be shared, and confidently shares his poems. Soon “the forest comes alive with the glorious sounds of poetry.”
Author Vern Kousky introduces young readers to the joy of being different and to great poets by sprinkling brief quotes from poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Joyce Kilmer and Chrisina Rossetti.
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