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Owls Owls Everywhere
October 3, 2011
Have you all read ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell? Such a fun story for the preschool and toddler set about three owl siblings who are impatiently waiting for their Mama to fly home. It was one of Julia’s favorite books when she was three.
Once when I was growing up on Maui, I saw a Hawaiian owl, the pueo, flying at night. They are endangered and very rarely seen. In Hawaiian culture, pueo are considered to be among the animals who serve as aumakua, which are protective ancestor spirits. It’s thought very lucky to see one, and in the whole of my life living in Hawaii, I only saw one once.
You can find more kid friendly information about the Hawaiian owl here.
I’ve put together a gathering of feathered owly friends for you today and I’m wondering, what makes owls seem so seasonally appropriate for this time of year? We recently saw a bird exhibition at the zoo, and the snowy white barn owl was SO BEAUTIFUL! My favorites from this round-up are the owl blocks and the mobile. How about you?
1) ‘In My Tree’ by Sara Gillingham, $8.99; 2) Owl Mobile, $49.98; 3) Forest Friends Block Puzzle, $14.98; 4) Owl Snuggle, $32.98; 5) Embroidered Owl Plush, $65; 6) Owl Apron Knot Dress, $40; 7) Night Owl Lamp, $59.98; 8) Hoot Owl Hoot! Game, $14.98; 9) Child’s Owl Mask, $10.