Olwen the baby owl isn't happy. Sitting on her branch is boring. What else can little owls do?�
Olwen longs to be just like hare, squirrel and bear but no matter how hard she tries she can't hop, scamper or roar. That's not what owls do. But the little owl soon discovers that she might be able to do something just as wonderful. Can Olwen find her wings and soar?
This sweet and charming picture book sensitively explores the feeling of longing to be different and celebrates embracing what makes us special. With expressive, intricate illustrations, this is a lively story created by mother-and-daughter team Nora and Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin.
Praise for Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas
'The text uses complex sentence structures, rich vocabulary, and excellent dramatic pacing, with a different imaginative encounter in each chapter... Full-color illustrations in a soft-focus, mysterious style are interspersed throughout the story, with lots of full-page illustrations as well as smaller ones. Every spread has some sort of illustration to help keep readers engaged. An intriguing read-aloud for younger children and an entertaining choice for independent readers who like fantasy.'
– Kirkus Reviews
'In this charming storybook a mother and daughter team have painted a captivating picture of the landscape, wildlife and folklore of Finland. Otto and his friends are brought to life in sensitive, detailed illustrations on every page.'
– Midwest Book Review
'The illustrations are beyond marvelous.'
– Youth Services Book Review
'A beautiful Christmas tale that is rich in references to Finnish folklore and culture, and the soft, intricate, glowing illustrations added so much to my appreciation of the story. I enjoyed the richness of the language. The descriptions of the forest, scenery, and characters are absolutely magical, and new vocabulary is used. I can imagine parents and children cuddled up, drinking hot chocolate and reading this book together over the holidays.'
– Oregon Coast Youth Book Review