"The Little White Owl"
Deep in his heart the little white owl had colours of every shade but how could he show the beautiful owls the rainbows that danced inside? Would they ever be his friends? Would they let him share their world? The little white owl had nothing to give except the stories bumping inside him. But would his stories be enough to melt their icy hearts…
- Publisher: Little Tiger Press
- Illustrator: Jane Chapman
- Publication: September 2010
- ISBN: 9781848950856
...So the little white owl closed his eyes and magical stories came pouring from his heart! Colourful tales of castles and knights and dragons with fiery breath ... and blasting through moonbeams and counting bright stars and tumbling down like a snowflake!
This is probably one of my favourite stories, ever. EVER. Tracey Corderoy is such a brilliant storyteller, and this teaches us to accept others who are different, and that the most important thing is what’s inside. A brilliant message for kids (and adults too), and the little white owl is the most adorable character ever. ( Click )
This is a really thought-provoking book, making us all, adults and children alike, think about our inclination to judge others on their outward appearances. The Little White Owl may look plain and boring in comparison with his brightly coloured fellows, but he has the most wonderful fund of stories which amaze the other owls and, despite their initial resistance, they take him to their hearts. The story actually brought a tear to my eye at the end. The illustrations by Jane Chapman are fantastic - just look at all the owls huddled together on the tree - and can you believe the range of expressions on their faces? This would be a wonderful bedtime story to share with your child and would also be lovely to share with a class and as an assembly book.
I used this story for an assembly/PSCHE lesson. The moral and illustrations are wonderful and promoted lots of discussion. Suitable for all primary age children - fabulous descriptive language.
Teach Primary Magazine Review:
The protagonist of this captivating story, may not have a name, but he is nonetheless more than worthy of his place on the literary branch of fame alongside such other well-loved owls as Sarah, Percy, Bill and Plop.
Alone, but not lonely, he is a happy little messenger, whose mission is not, as one might presume given the opening pages, to find friends - but rather, to awaken the warmth and imagination that lies dormant within those who are living a limited existence despite boasting bright colours and many companions. Beautifully phrased and gorgeously illustrated, this is an original and enchanting book that has all the makings of a children's classic; the author's evident affection for her tiny hero is irresistible."
An enchanting story of how a little white owl came to befriend some rather snooty brightly coloured owls through the power of his stories.
Heart-warming and ultimately uplifting Little owl tells the colourful owls about his exciting adventures around the world and slowly they realize the owl is not lacking in colour at all for his heart is full of colour and laughter.
The Book People are the latest write a brilliant review:
...They say, "Brilliantly illustrated by Jane Chapman, The Little White Owl is a wonderful picture book that teaches children that there is beauty inside us all. Tracey Corderoy’s tale of an adventurous little bird that sets off to travel the world hoping to meet all manner of great friends is a touching one that is perfect for a bedtime story. The little white owl is desperate for someone to share both his toast and his tales with, but will he find a friend amongst the beautiful, colourful, yet disinterested owls?"