Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story

by Maria Gianferrari (Author) Jonathan Voss (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Stunning illustrations and gorgeous haikus lead young readers through the dramatic life cycle of one of America's most beloved wild animals. Pip. Pip. Pip. Poking

A hole. Cracking. Cracking. Out

Pecks the white owlet.

Watch as a pair of great horned owlets peep and squeak in their feathered nest. Mama and Papa hunt for food and fend off predators while the chicks grow strong enough to hop and flap between the branches of their tree, then leap and fly away, ready to explore the wild world around them. In this thrilling nonfiction picture book, a combination of haiku and dazzling illustration shows readers the fierce majesty of one of North America's most ubiquitous wild animals.

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Kirkus Reviews

Vivid and accessible: an illuminating portrait of one of nature's most iconic birds.

Review quotes

Gianferrari tells this avian story wholly in haiku, introducing children to an easy-to-grasp poetic form, against the appropriately moody naturalistic wash of Voss's stunning picture, in sepia ink and watercolor. —The New York Times Book Review

Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatching resident of Massachusetts. She lives with her scientist husband in a house encircled by trees. Maria writes books that honor our bonds with creatures both domestic and wild, and that celebrate the natural world around us.

Ishaa Lobo is a children's book illustrator based in London. Her art follows themes of nature, comfort, and snippets of everyday life, often drawing inspiration from her childhood. She loves exploring new cities, going on walks, and watching her favorite movies over and over again.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2020
BISAC categories
NAT004000 - Nature | Birdwatching Guides
Library of Congress categories
Children's poetry
Great horned owl

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