Little Owl Lost
written and illustrated by Chris Haughton
(Candlewick Press) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
Little Owl is blissfully snoozing away next to his mother when he falls out of his nest and onto the ground. Squirrel witnesses this action and assures Little Owl that he can help him find his mother. When asked by Squirrel what his mother looks like, Little Owl stretches out his wings and says "My mommy is VERY BIG." This is the only clue that Squirrel needs. He leads Little Owl right to ... a bear. Thus begins the interactions between Squirrel and Little Owl which start with a clue and lead to an animal unlike Little Owl. It takes a wise frog to help the puzzled twosome find the real mommy.
Little kids easily connect with a book about a character being lost. Each one of them at some time has felt the same way. Little Owl Lost is also a fun book for making predictions. When Little Owl describes a feature of his mother, it would be interesting to ask students to predict the animal that he will be led to by Squirrel. A nice companion piece to this book would be the classic P.D. Eastman story, Are You My Mother?.