Twilight Hunt

by Narelle Oliver

A Screech Owl heads out to hunt at twilight but her attempts at capturing prey are... read more

A Screech Owl heads out to hunt at twilight but her attempts at capturing prey are thwarted by one of nature’s best defenses: crypsis, or camouflage and disguise. In a spare narrative that accompanies striking, hand-colored linocut illustrations, Narelle Oliver depicts the Screech Owl’s journey through the night as one creature after another appears . . . and then disappears before she can catch it. Finally the Screech Owl is able to snatch a Luna Moth from the air, only to realize she is being watched by a Great Horned Owl who just might want to snatch her. It turns out the Screech Owl is a master of crypsis, too, as she alights on a rough-barked tree and disappears. A detailed end- note provides additional information on how camouflage and disguise work in nature. Oliver’s captivating art will provide careful observers with the fun of discovery, as she has incorporated numerous examples of crypsis into each illustration. (Ages 3–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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