WOW! Said the Owl, by Tim Hopgood, published by MacMillan Children's Books
When our daughter was about 14 months old, we took her on her first visit to the Lake District. One gloriously sunny day, the sky was full of colour and the trees of spring were at their most green. It was the kind of Cumbrian day that makes up for the grey mizzle that is equally prevalent.
We decided to take a ferry ride around Lake Windermere, which stops at various points along the way, including the nouveau Wray Castle, built on a hill with wonderful views, making it a lovely picnic spot. As we enjoyed our lunch, our daughter looked out at the water sparkling in the sunlight and the fells shimmering in the haze, and declared: "Nature!"
Tim Hopgood's 'WOW! Said the Owl' is a gorgeous celebration of nature at its most vibrant. When a little owl over-sleeps through the night, she wakes to a new world of light and colour, with the rising glow of the morning sun - "WOW! Said the owl".
As the little owl's day goes on, there are new wonders to behold: The bluest of skies and the yellowest sun. At each new visage we all join in with the little owl's astonishment and repeat: "WOW! Said the owl". When the clouds arrive the little owl sees the most wondrous vision yet - a rainbow! Our daughter loves this page, and it's fun to name all the colours together.
As the sun sets, and dusk arrives, the little owl reflects on his awe-inspiring day. Slowly, as the stars begin to appear, the little owl remembers why owls sleep during the day and awake when it's dark - for a clear, starry, moonlit sky is the most beautiful sight of all.