“A story I won’t forget.” – Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon
Animal rescue tales are perennial favorites among young children—and this humorous, heartwarming story of the rescue and raising of a great horned owlet, named Coal, will definitely enthrall your listeners at storytime.
Based on a true story of the founder of the World Bird Sanctuary, Walter Crawford, Silent Swoop has a powerful message of how one person can make a huge difference.
Crawford, warmly evoked by Deb Hoeffner’s lovely ‘soft realism,’ started rescuing injured bird in the basement of his home before going on to found the nationally known World Bird Sanctuary.
So, when workers at a coal yard discovered two eggs precariously placed under a conveyor belt, they knew just who to call. Walter Crawford took the eggs to work with him, tucked in his warm shirt pocket. Later, he was able to get one of the eggs to hatch in an incubator. And out pecked Coal!
Coal grew up to become one of the beloved educator birds for the World Bird Sanctuary, which is how author Michelle Houts discovered his story. She fully captures the friendship between owl and man in this satisfying, tender picture book.
“Houts pens a graceful, straightforward account of the rescue of a pair of eggs, carried to safety in Walter Crawford’s shirt pocket.” – Kirkus