March - The Littlest Owl by Caroline Pitcher

Post date: Mar 8, 2009 3:29:00 AM

Dear Students and Teachers,

The Book of the Month for March is a very special story. It is called The Littlest Owl by Caroline Pitcher and Tina Macnaughton. The illustrations are just gorgeous! Those of you who may be interested in art as a career will love to look at the beautiful pictures in this sweet book.

Whenever I read a book, there are always connections to be made and my imagination can create a movie of the scenes and activities of the characters from the story in my head. This book is no exception. It takes place in a willow tree in the woods. The characters are a family of owls who live in the tree. The last owl to be born is very small. The other owls don’t think he can do much because of his size. He works hard to prove them wrong.

Everyone has things in their lives that are difficult for them. I’m sure even great sports stars, famous movie stars, and even rock music stars have things in which they are not good at doing. The key is how we deal with the things in our lives that we feel are hard or even nearly impossible. Do you remember the story of the little engine that could? What did he say? “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The Little Engine That Could is a wonderful text to text connection with our book of the month in March. I won’t ruin the ending of that book, but check it out if you don’t know how it ends!

The littlest owl in our story never believed that he would not be successful. He told his family from the start that he was fine, and that he would be able to do everything his siblings could do. I think that’s why I loved this story so much. What all your teachers and parents want is for you to believe in yourself – to believe that you can do it! I believe that starts as a little tiny voice in your head saying – “I can, I know I can, just watch me – I can do it!

Please send me your connections to this month’s book and let me know your stories of triumph and believing in yourself. I hope you find this book as inspiring and touching as I did. I also hope you begin to hear that tiny voice in your head that is trying to be heard. We believe you can do it – now YOU have to believe you can do it! We are so excited to sit back and watch you fly.

Happy Reading! Believe!

Mrs. Hollinger