OWL LAKE by Keizaburo Tejima
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Proving that simplicity can be stunning, Tejima gives us this beautiful story of an owl family through one night. The sun sets, and Father Owl succeeds in catching a fish for his family. The night goes on; the sun rises. With astounding control and virtuosity, Tejima makes this scant tale live in his woodcuts, so that the overwhelming blackness of the night is alive and glittering with the myriad feathers of the owls, the shading of bark on trees, the soft wooded hills beyond, all tinted in cream, gold and, underwater, an aqueous blue. The authority of Father Owl resonates from his fierce eyes, his gripping talons and his swooping, beautifully detailed wings. As the stars fade, the mood changes completely. The lake and sky are transposed to a lovely blue, in a strikingly symmetrical pattern. The exceptional art work in this book brings drama to the simple story and should excite any child.

Pub Date: April 27th, 1987
Page count: 38pp
Publisher: Philomel/Putnam