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Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance

by Tera Johnson
illustrated by Tania Howells

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birds, new experience, dance
list price: $16.95
published: 2008
publisher: Kids Can Press

This is a lyrical and reassuring story about growing up and leaving the barn to dance on one's own.

At the biggest barn owl dance of the year, the Leave the Nest Fall Fest, keen dancer Berkeley shines as usual. Next moonrise, however, she and her fellow fledglings Bo and Bree must leave home. Though Berkeley is frightened, the winking, smiling, laughing moon lights her way. After thousands of silent wingbeats, she finds a new audience, and Flippity, Tappity, Clap Clap Clap, Berkeley's new barn dance begins.

Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance ushers children into an unseen animal world, while the young owl's journey will help them prepare to spread their wings and fly on their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Johnson has created a sweet, somewhat instructional story with lilting text that lends itself to being read aloud.

— School Library Journal

A warm story for the very young ...

— Kirkus Reviews
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About the Authors

Tera Johnson

First-time author Tera Johnson likes to shake a tail feather, too, and enjoys tap-dancing with her own owlets, er, kids. When she isn't dancing or writing, Tera works at the Calgary Public Library and takes great pleasure in sharing storytime with young readers. Tera lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband and their two sons.
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Tania Howells

Tania Howells's illustrations have appeared in Chirp and Today's Parent, among other publications. She is the illustrator of Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance and Willow's Whispers. Tania lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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