Little Owl Rescue by Rachel Delahaye

Little Owl Rescue by Rachel Delahaye. Tiger Tales, 2022. 9781664340114

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Paperback

Genre: Animal fantasy

What did you like about the book?  Callie is an aspiring veterinarian who often finds herself transported away to a different setting in order to rescue a baby animal in trouble.  In this outing, Callie finds herself in Skyville, Texas, at the site of a large corn farm which is clearcutting forest to expand their business.  She soon discovers her mission – a family of barn owls whose nest is in a felled tree.  The mother owl and two owlets fly away, but a third owlet has not quite learned to fly.  Callie has to help her new little friend (whom she names Cookie) find her home in the dark of night.  She tries to help Cookie learn to fly, but she also learns from the owlet how to rely on senses other than sight while trying to navigate the dark forest and evade hungry raccoons and noisy farm equipment.

Callie uses her impressive knowledge of animal behavior and habitats, and recalls a recent bird expert that visited her classroom, to understand Cookie’s needs as well as the mother owl’s seeming abandonment.  Readers will appreciate her passion for all types of animals (Callie wants to find Cookie some food but is reluctant to help her hunt), as well as her concern for the ecosystem being destroyed by the clearcutting.  Black and white illustrations enhance the story, and short chapters make it easy to manage.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Supplemental information about owls or the environmental issues raised in the book would be useful.

To whom would you recommend this book? 2nd and 3rd grade series fans and readers who enjoy wild animal adventure stories, and series like Magic Tree House.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Leigh Russell King, Lincoln Street School, Northborough, Massachusetts.

Date of review: April 25, 2022

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