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Friends All Aflutter!: Owly & Wormy    by Andy Runton order for
Friends All Aflutter!
by Andy Runton
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Andy Runton's Owly books are a wonderful way to fully engage a child in a reading experience.

Since there are very few words, you have to totally focus on the colorful pictures and imagine what is happening on the page. Rest assured, there are plenty of clues so you really can't go wrong.

In this story Owly and his friend Wormy want to entice some butterflies to their garden. To do this they go to Raccoon's nursery and purchase some plants that should attract butterflies.

Unfortunately, after the flowers are planted there still are no butterflies. Then Owly and Wormy notice there are bugs eating the flowers! At first they want the bugs to leave but soon a truce is signed and the bugs can stay.

As the story continues you'll realize that the bugs or little worms will eventually become butterflies and the garden will have exactly what Owly and Wormy wanted.

You'll have fun with your child creating the story that goes along with the book's illustrations. I'd suggest before you sit down with your child, go over the book a few times yourself so you can get the basic idea of the story. Once you realize what the author's intent is, you'll be better able to guide your little one through the illustrations.

A wordless picture book provides a unique experience but I think it is one you'll totally enjoy. This gives you and your child a chance to use your imaginations!

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