The Not So Wise Owl is a must read for children of all ages. It was an incredibly cute story of friendship, and not giving up on someone just because they are not wise. This is one of those books that you won’t mind reading over and over and over again.
It is written in a rhyming, Dr Suess kind of way that is very engaging. Plus it has a great spring board to talk about other types of animals that might not be so wise during the day. With us homeschooling over here, we used it start the unit study on owls actually. The story itself has a whole host of great characters actually. And they have to figure out what is wrong with owl.
From the back of the book~
“The Not So Wise Owl is an amusing tale written in rhyme to stimulate children’s sense of humour and fun, making reading much more enjoyable. “The other oak dwellers at first couldn’t see what was wrong with the funny old owl in the tree.” Find out what has happened to poor Owl in this amusing tale of life in an oak tree. Will Owl ever be wise again?”
It was interesting where my mind as an adult as to the issue of the owl talking gibberish and where the girls thought that this book would go. (I ask questions to the kids as we go about what is happening, what they think is coming up, and how the owl could have answered his friends questions) As an adult, I was getting ready to have a heavy talk about mental illness and worried that this was going down hill fast. The girls thought that he was just being silly, like pulling a prank on his friends cause he was tired of answering all their questions.
There is one small little complaint, if I were to be forced to have an issue with this great book. The illustrations, while they are amazing. Really they are adorable and make everything pop. (Think modern impressionism~ lots of short strokes, not big washes of color. It makes it feel hand designed) There are times that they are over the text of the story, making it a little hard to read. Personally I would have liked the text being on a solid background instead of over the picture. But that is just me. The girls however, loved that the illustrations filled the entire page. They said they could “enter” the book. It does not take anything away from the story or the experience of reading it, just a small personal preference.
Overall, this is an amazing book to read to your kids. A great addition to any book collection. Let me know your thoughts on this, or if you would buy it for your kids/grandkids.