We are living in a time that many young children find worrying and they need reassurance that everything will be fine. As adults we have all been through a variety of occasions where things have been difficult, but we have learnt that these things pass and the world settles down for us. However very young people are often seeing and feeling these events for the first time, so they do not have that security blanket in place.
this is the delightful story of little owl and how he is worried when the wind start blowing the leaves off the tree, where he lives with his mother. However his mother is there to comfort him and explain why the tree is losing the leaves. She goes on to explain the wonders of a tree’s root system and the annual cycle that nature goes through; she remembers when she learnt about such things from her parents and how their memory is entwined with these changes. The mother gradually helps little owl to understand the wonder of nature and the way that we are all part of this beautiful cycle of life.
Teresa Heapy has created a simple but lovely story that will help young children feel more grounded at this time of uncertainty. The little owl is inquisitive and yet worried by the events going on around him, so he depends on his mother for the comfort and explanations that help him cope. This is a story that reads well and will be very popular, not just in the home, but also in nursery and library storytimes. The illustrations by Izzy Burton are really bold and colourful. They are full of energy and detail that really helps bring the story to life; giving the audience a chance to explore the pages of the book. This is her picture book debut and it looks to be the start of a very promising career.
Given that we are moving towards Autumn this book will prove to be of particular interest to adults who want to help children understand the natural change in conditions. This really is a charming, thoughtful and informative story that I really enjoyed.