An owlet named Olivia searches for friends of a feather in this lift-the-flap tale.
Hoping to find other owls, Olivia, sporting a fuzzy pelt on the cover, encounters new friends Sally Cygnet, Dilly Dormouse, Elly Eagle and Oscar Otter, each revealed on the right side of a double-page spread as sturdy flaps are lifted. The pals help Olivia look for her fellow creatures, and in the end, the company discovers a parliament of owls nestled in a barn. Though the text is a little stiff and disjointed, the art will bring readers back for repeat reads. Pledger’s highly detailed drawings give youngsters plenty to pore over, from blackberries to ladybugs to wildflowers, and the animals, while realistic, skew cute. The bright white backgrounds are a little jarring for such naturalistic scenes, and they seem downright odd for a story about an owl, normally a nocturnal creature. Somewhat inexplicably, a couple of the spreads do not have flaps, breaking a previously established pattern.
Despite some uneven moments, Olivia’s tale is friendly-enough fare. (Board book. 2-4)