Little Owl’s Orange Scarf
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 (in the U.S.)
FORMAT: Picture Book
Little Owl doesn’t like his new, orange scarf. It is itchy and too long. Little Owl tries to loose his scarf, but Mommy Owl always finds it. One day Little Owl is headed on a field trip to the zoo. Mommy Owl makes sure that he takes along his orange scarf. However, when he comes back he tells Mommy all about the fun from the trip…but the orange scarf is nowhere to be seen. Mommy calls the zoo to see if it can be found…but it is missing. Mommy and Little Owl decide to make another scarf, only this time they are going to pick the yarn and make the scarf together. And Little Owl loves his new scarf. And he especially loves visiting the zoo and the giraffe (who happens to have a long, orange neck that stays warm with a long, orange scarf).
I like how the illustrations are basically just the two colors: orange and teal blue (with a little bit of grey). Then Little Owl and everything else are done with line drawings and just small touches of color. And the use of white-space is just brilliant. And the scarf, now that is fun. It is not just orange, but it has different textures take make it so the various patterns draw your eye. That means that the focus is on the story itself and the scarf. And for an owl’s face that just is a couple of eyes and a triangle for a beak…there is sure a lot of expression shown there (especially when forced to wear the orange scarf). This is just a great story with loads of textures and characterization.
What to do after reading this book:
Wear a scarf for the day.
Go to the zoo.
Learn how to knit (or crochet) a scarf.
Talk to your kids about how cloth/clothing is made.
Let your kid pick out his/her outfit for the day (or perhaps pick out your outfit if you are feeling especially adventurous).