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Gorgeous illustrations with a stunning cover image.A perfect introduction to the beauty of nature.Illustrations by an award-winning artist.

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Judith Nicholls is an established poet for children. Her poems are often anthologised, and she has published many anthologies of her own - including Earthways, Earthwise: Poems on Conservation, Otherworlds as well as her own collections, including Dragonsfire and Midnight Forest. Judith lives in Westbury, Wiltshire. Jason Cockcroft is a hugely talented illustrator. His books for Bloomsbury include Daddy's Lullaby and Blue Rabbit. He is the winner of the first ever Blue Peter Award in 2000 for A Pilgrim's Progress. Jason lives in Addingham, West Yorkshire.

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PreS-Gr 2-As a young owlet gathers the confidence to fly from the nest one night, he is encouraged by his mother's soothing assurance that, "You will grow, you will prowl,/you will slide through the air;/you will swoop, loop-the-loop,/you will stare, you will glare-/as silently as moonlight/you'll glide through the midnight air." The large spreads show the birds from unique perspectives and focus in on one element, for example, Billywise's profile, letting the rest of the scene softly fade. Luminescent blues, greens, and rusts illuminate the dazzling illustrations, which elicit a sense of magical realism in the twilight setting. Self-confidence and mother's love shine through. Pair this story with Jane Yolen's Owl Moon (Philomel, 1987) to further a sense of awe about owls and with Martin Waddell's Owl Babies (Candlewick, 1992) to demonstrate yet again how mothers come through no matter how uncertain their babies are.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Cockcroft's luminous, full-bleed, speckled paintings highlight the intensity of young Billywise's eyes and the beauty of the dark forest." -"Kirkus Reviews"

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