A Book of Various Owls
John Hollander ~ Tomi Ungerer
W.W. Norton, 1963
Please shoot the person at eBay who invented the MAKE AN OFFER button... wherein I buy ridiculously-priced vintage books for a somewhat less ridiculous price. Case in point: Ungerer AND owls. How can I pass that up? Filled with quirky little poems about all sorts of imaginary birds (with proper names!) such as...
You usually hear him across a lake
Like the moan of a distant loon,
But then, in a moment, his shadow will break
The white face of the moon.
Before he's really left the sky
You hear him blow his beak
Under a nearby pine. His cry
Plays games of hide and seek.
Wherever you think his shadow may be
It's hidden behind your back:
Jack lurks about, too dark to see
When the green of the trees is black.Also by:
Seeds and More Seeds
The Three Robbers
Orlando The Brave Vulture
Christmas Eve at the Mellops'
I Am Papa Snap and These Are My Favorite No Such Stories
The Beast of Monsieur Racine
The Mellops Strike Oil
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