Friday, November 5, 2021

The Happy Owls - a bookwrap


Happy Owls

Authored and Illustrated by Celestino Piatti


* Ages:  4-7 years

* Grades:  PS-2

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  NorthSouth Books

* Pub. Date:  Feb. 1, 2022

* Language:  English



“Every imaginative child will cherish this rare and beautiful book.”—New York Times Book Review  

“It should be two stars-- one for each eye. The use of brilliant color is beyond simple description-- it's an eye-fest.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review 

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The Book

This is a lovely classic that has an inspiring, positive, message.   Two owls explain to a group of grumpy, quarreling, fighting chickens, ducks, and geese why they are always happy and have such a wonderful friendship.  They impart the wisdom of their chosen choices ... choices that bring them untold delight and peace.  

The owls love each season and find joy and contentment in all the beautiful things that transpire during their stay.  Spring, summer, autumn and winter have unique qualities that both owls observe and appreciate. Engaging in each cycle brings them untold happiness as they witness nature's miracles all around them.  Do the barnyard fowl receive the message that the owls impart to them or do they shrug off their wisdom, call it all nonsense and continue to live as before?  

"The Happy Owls" was originally published in 1964 and is now being resurrected for younger generations to appreciate Piatti's phenomenal artwork and creative use of fonts.  As Piatti once said himself, "You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret."  I highly recommend this book not only for parents to share but for classrooms and school libraries. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author/Illustrator

Celestino Piatti (1922–2007) was a Swiss graphic artist, painter, and book designer, born in Wangen near Zurich, Switzerland. The trained graphic artist was a popular illustrator of children’s books and gained international fame thanks to the more than 6,300 book titles that he designed for Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (DTV) from 1961 onwards. Piatti also designed posters, postage stamps, stained glass, murals, and iron sculptures, and he worked as a writer and caricaturist. His work has received several awards. Although he used a wide variety of techniques, his style—black outlines and vivid colors—was always unmistakable. 

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