Silent Swoop

An Owl, an Egg, and a Warm Shirt Pocket

Age Range: ages 4 – 8
Grade Level: Pre K – Grade 3
Publisher: Dawn Publishing/Sourcebooks
ISBN- Hardcover: 978-1584696469
ISBN- Paperback: 978-1584696476
Introduce kids to the great horned owl with this beautifully illustrated and accessible picture book. Perfect for preschool and kindergarten science curriculums.

An owl swoops down to lay her egg in a coal yard―a dangerous spot for a fragile egg! Rescued by Walter, a bird expert with a big heart and a warm shirt pocket, the egg miraculously hatches and is aptly named Coal. Thus begins a tender story of rescue, rehabilitation, and most of all, friendship. After meticulously researching the facts, Michelle Houts tells Coal's story with warmth and humor. The connections between Coal and the people whose lives he touches are captured by Deb Hoeffner's illustrations, done in her unique style of soft realism. Back matter answers children's questions with facts and photos of Great Horned Owls and Walter Crawford, the man who saved Coal. Parents and teachers will appreciate literacy connections and STEM activities that extend the learning of the story.

A perfect book for:

  • parents and teachers needing homeschool supplies for kindergarten (or any grade!)
  • anyone looking for owl books for kids
  • anyone looking for children's books to help instill an appreciation of our planet!

Readers, ages 3 – 8, will be fascinated by the sequence of events of the rescue...Based on true events, readers will discover interesting facts about the Great Horned Owl and Walter Crawford, the person who rescued Coal, Junior, and thousands of other birds. — Oneota Reading Journal
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