White Owl, Barn Owl
In this picture book in the Nature Storybooks series, a child and her grandfather watch a family of barn owls nesting in a box that they have placed in a tree to help protect them from predators, as the trees and barns where they usually make their homes have been destroyed. Their close relationship is evident in the way the grandfather gives explanations at the same time as encouraging the child to make her own observations. The central narrative is from the child’s viewpoint. Additional facts about barn owls appear on each spread in a different font. The main text and some vignettes appear on a sepia background, while Michael Foreman’s signature palette of shades of blue is perfect for the night time scenes portrayed in the larger illustrations.