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An Owlish Point of View

I’m working on the final edits to the early chapter book sequel to Cleo’s Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another. The sequel is titled Cleo’s Big Ideas: Onward and Upward. I’m hoping to reveal the book’s cover soon.

The main character, Cleopatra W. Darby, is focused on the 3 R’s (Recycling, Renewing, and Reusing) just as she was in the first book. And, like in the first book, the sequel has instructions for STEM activities that readers can try out. Below is the Solar Oven in which Cleo made scrumptious Solar S’mores and the Gripper-Grabber she used to rescue the owlets.

Gripper-Grabber from
Cleo’s Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another
Cleo’s Solar Oven from
Cleo’s Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another

In Cleo’s first book she and her class were studying owls that had nested in a nearby pine tree. And in the second book Cleo’s school hopes to build an owl blind to observe the developing nestlings. The activity that follows that chapter is a project that lets readers explore how an owl sees.

Unlike humans owls can’t move their eyes. They have to move their heads to get a good look around. This week I was working on re-writing the steps on how to make owl specs, so kids can try them out and gain an understanding of the world around them from an owls point of view. Here are some pictures of the process.

Tomorrow I’m bringing the owl specs and Martin Waddell’s, OWL BABIES with me to my pre-school in order to share them with my students. One little guy in particular needs to work on his visual scanning skills, and I think the owl specs will be just the thing to encourage him to move his head from left to right to search his surroundings. I’m sure they’re going to be a hit with his friends too. So after reading OWL BABIES, he and his peers will have fun pretending they’re mommy owl in search of Percy, Sarah, and Bill. Should be fun for all!

Here’s to having an owl point of view!


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