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Hoot and Peep – Picture Book Reviews

Do you remember the first time you saw snow? Maybe it’s the beauty of the softly falling flakes or the promise of snowmen and snow angels, but there’s something magical about snow. At least that’s what Hoot and Peep think.

Wait! You don’t know Hoot and Peep? Let me introduce them to you!

Hoot and Peep

Readers first met this endearing pair of owls in Lita Judge’s beautifully illustrated picture book Hoot and Peep.

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book cover of Hoot and Peep

For Hoot and Peep, life on the rooftops of Paris is positively perfect. Well, almost perfect.

If you’ve ever had a little sister–or have been a little sister–you’ll be able to relate to Hoot’s dilemma. Because although Hoot has lots of owly wisdom to share with his little sister, Peep seems much more interested in doing things her way than in listening to her wise older brother.

And that’s especially true when it comes to singing. Everyone knows that owls are supposed to say “Hoo!” But much to her brother’s consternation, Peep sings a song all her own. And it’s not very owl-like!

hoot and peep and their friends

But eventually, Hoot realizes that maybe Peep’s song isn’t so bad after all. Then life is perfect again!

And that brings us back to … SNOW!

A Song for Snow

In A Song for Snow, the second book about Hoot and Peep, winter has arrived.

It’s Peep’s first winter, and Hoot can’t wait to introduce his sister to snow. Of course, trying to describe snow to someone who has never seen it isn’t easy, but Hoot does his best.

book cover of A Song for Snow

Peep tries to wait patiently, but she doesn’t have as much owly patience as her brother. When the snow finally begins to fall, Peep whispers, “Snow’s song is silence.

hoot and peep waiting for snow

But as the snow continues to fall, Peep can’t stay silent. She just has to sing! “Schweepity, thwap, thwap.”

hoot and peep in snowy Paris

It wasn’t Hoot’s favorite song, but Hoot and Peep love the snow (and each other) far too much to let their different songs come between them. And so, as the sun rose over the rooftops of Paris…

…they curled up and sang softly to each other, a song of good night.

hoot and peep hugging

About Lita Judge

Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Lita Judge LOVES writing books. And she loves snow. And animals. And Paris. Of course, all those things motivated Lita to write about Hoot and Peep.

Lita and her husband (plus two kitties and a green parrot) live in the woods in New Hampshire, where there is a lot of snow. Lita’s studio looks out over the New England countryside, and it is against this inspiring backdrop that Lita has written and illustrated more than 20 books for children and young adults.

On the pages of her books you can see how Lita’s interests—dinosaurs, nature, wildlife, and traveling to faraway places—have inspired her writing over the years.

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Lita’s books are special, but don’t take our word for it. Read a few to your children!

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Tiffany G

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Looks interesting! The artwork is great!

Ericka

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This sounds super Cute!

Mary

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Such beautiful illustrations!

Brittney

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These are really cute books!

KatieB

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These look so cute! I’ll have to check at the library for them.

Robin E.

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Katie,
If your library doesn’t have them, ask about recommending these titles. They would be great books for every library to have!

Laurie

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We always enjoy a new picture book! Great for my 2-year old.

Maria

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Lovely books to read to my grandson!

Jessica

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Always looking for good book recommendations, this one looks like something my kids would love!

Sarah

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always great to have new picture books!

Chelsey Jackson

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These books are beautiful! I’ll be checking for them at our library!

Julie

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We have read Red Sled, but not Hoot and Peep. Thank you for the book recommendations!

Robin E.

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Julie,
We hope you enjoy Hoot and Peep!

E

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Look like cute books!

Nikki Howell

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What a cute book! I will be looking for it for our collection.

carol

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I found these animals to be so sweet and children would love them–so cute and cudly! Do you sell these books? It really will help children to feel safe and warm.

Robin E.

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Carol,
We do not sell these books, but they are readily available through many book sellers, including Amazon.

Vicky

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Just adorable animal characters!

Angela Bennett

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What cute books. I just love the illustrations!

Brittany

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I love the illustrations!

Jessica

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I Love love love this book!!! And the kids do too😉 lol. The pictures are adorable!

We need this book! We are a bit owl obsessed, so this would be perfect!

Robin E.

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Meagan,
These books DO seem that they would be especially enjoyed by those that love owls!

Lisa

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Thank you for the recommendation! I’ll definitely be checking these books out!

Daniella Garcia

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That sounds so cute! Definitely something we can relate to!

Shannon Alexander

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This looks like such a beautiful book. I will definitely be looking into reading it. Also, I love when you include lists and/or activities. Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Shannon. We love being able to include lists and/or activities for you!

Crystal

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The art is absolutely beautiful!

Jack Fleming

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Cute Art

Amber

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I really enjoyed reading Hoot and Peep with my kids. I’ll definitely look for the other Hoot and Peep book.

Batool

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This looks so fun!

Rosemarie

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These look adorable!

Christi

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These are so cute!

Amy

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I can’t believe I’ve never heard of these! They’re so cute!

Elisabeth

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They’re so adorable!

Kiri Nielsen

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These books look really cute! I’m going to have to show them to my 8 and 5 yr old. They love animals and stories about siblings.

Jessica

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These look so cute!

Amy Curry

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What an adorable book!

Trish Grier

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Love those illustrations!!

Pati Smith

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So cute!

Lauren

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Thanks for the library list!! I’m always looking for good lists to take to the library.

Heather

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Oh this is so cute!!

Charity

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What a great giveaway!

Ashley Pittman

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These look precious!

Amber

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This are too cute! I’d like to look into these for my little one!

Tracy

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These books are beauty! Both my littles and my not so littles would enjoys these!

Kuhu

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Will check the books at our library. Thank you!

Samantha F.

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I love owls! Have added these books to my to read list.

Brandee

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I love all about spelling and would love to win a level 2 set.

Tammy Lane

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Can’t wait to look for these at our library!

Tatia Wooten

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Love this one.

Sandra

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Our family really enjoys your book suggestions. Thank you.

Robin E.

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Sandra,
Thank you for letting us know that your family enjoys our book suggestions!

Jennifer

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Cute book!

Traceu

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These are so cute!

Georgia

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i like this spelling curriculum.

Jessica

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Thank you for the chance to win these cute books! My owl-collecting son would love this! <3

Cindi

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This looks so cute!

Sheryl Wasson

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Your characters are always so cute and engaging!

Linda Stoltzfus

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Looks like shoot! 😀

Linda Stoltzfus

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*a hoot

Krista VanHelden

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Beautiful illustrations

Emily G

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Thank you for the book suggestions! These sound like really cute books!

Rebecca

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Sweet books. Beautiful illustrations!!

Rene Thornton

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I’ve never heard of these books but they look adorable.

Tiya

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Finger crossed

Tiya

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This would be new reading material for my ZZ

Katie Olson

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I’ve never heard of these stories, but I will be checking for them at the library!

Victoria

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My 5 would love this!!

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Looks great! My kids would love this! :)

Tamara

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My kids love these books!

Chandi

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Sounds wonderful! I think I will look for some of her books at the library today. I love her illustration.

Ximena

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Thank you for the recommendation. I will look into this book.

Carol D.

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I love these book reviews and recommendations. So great!!

Carolina

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ExceExcellent content!!! Can’t wait to start this lessons

I love to read Hoot and Peep to my kids. Such great characters :) can’t wait to read the 2nd book.

Carrie

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We JUST found Hoot and Peep at the library a week ago and LOVED it! I adored the illustrations and sweet story! Excited there is a second book! :)

vikki

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I like how the illustrations grab the eye and keep your attention. Beautiful!

Karin

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Visiting her blog I realized we have one of her other books: born in the wild. One of my kids favorites! The illustrations are amazing and so heartfelt.

Robin E.

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Karin,
How awesome to discover that you already have one of Lita Judge’s books!

Aga

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I love to discover the new exciting stories and books :-)

Helen

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I like this books very much!!

Tavia

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Never heard of them! Thank you so much for the recommendation!

Mary Ann Siarkowski

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I loved seeing, listening, and reading your lovely book preview! The music is frolic and made me feel like I was truly strolling on the streets with a view of the romantic and majestic Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris. What a delightful visual surprise, especially with the owls, Hoot and Peep, who serve as perfect tour guides for children and adults alike. They epitomize an enchanting sight adventure with their binocular vision, ability to turn their entire heads to change views, and their far vision, particularly in low light, being exceptionally good. You have captured the imagination with your character illustrations and wintry scenes of Paris. You took me there! Thank you

Robin E.

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Mary Ann,
Thank you for noticing all the effort and attention to details our team put into this review and the author put into these books!

I would love a copy of Hoot and Peep to share between my home and school. I know my son would love the book and of course my students would enjoy it.

Krystal R

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How beautiful!

Jess Tomlin

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What lovely illustrations!

MLD

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Would love to win the books

Janel

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Great books!

Fran

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Love these books. Red Sled encourages kids to think the picture through and imagine.
Love the illustrations and soft colors. Great for Reasource Room.

Fran

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Love to win these books for resource room. Love the illustrations and the soft colors.

Marianna

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Those owls are so cute !

Kristi

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I’d love to win, her illustrations are beautiful! Thanks for holding the giveaway.

Jennifer Olszowy

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These books look awesome!

Lisa S

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These look like fun. I bet my son would love these…his younger sister doesn’t like to do things as he does!

Alison Kattelmann

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Our family loves the first Hoot and Peep book. I didn’t know there was a second! We will look for it at the library. Thank you!

Robin E.

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We’re glad to point you to the second book, Alison. We hope you enjoy it as much as the first!

Sherry

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Lovely illustrations!

Jacquie

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I would love to win this set of books for one of our inner-city schools.

Lori

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My preschoolers love books where the animals have personalities

JoAnne

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Thank you so much for introducing this author to your readers! Beautiful illustrations! I look forward to sharing this story, and perhaps others from your list, with my children.

Robin E.

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I hope your children enjoy these, JoAnne!

Kayla

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These books look amazing!!!! Thanks for introducing them to the world!

geneice

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Beautiful illustrations.

Gwen M.

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I would love to win this Hoot and Peep book giveaway. We would read them as a family and enjoy them for a bit then donate the books to our favorite library so other families can enjoy them as well.

Robin E.

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What a generous way to approach winning, Gwen!

Leslie

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Love, love, love Lita’s books! They are such rich texts to add to a classroom (or home) library. Thank you for sharing! :)

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Leslie!

Diane Parsons

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These books are well written. My boys will love it!

Diane Parsons

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I homeschool three boys, I think they will love this book!

danielle

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Thank you so much for sharing Lita’s work! I’m always looking for richly illustrated, beautifully told stories for my highly visual learner. I feel like I just fell into a gold mine!

Thank you for encouraging us to read. Books are the best form of learning!

Natalie Christensen

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Love all the tips given on your blog! These books look so cute and perfect for budding readers to enjoy!

Jamie

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Wow! I know that this giveaway is for a different book, “Mary’s Monster” looks like a great read and back story for Shelly.

Kim Willis

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These books look cute!

Always love finding new authors to share with my students.

Nancy

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I love using picture books with children of all ages! Hoot and Peep looks wonderful.

Celia

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I work with kids and are always looking fir quality books to add to my library. These look great!!

Tara

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Thank you for sharing- my daughter loves owls- so we will definitely check these out. This is an author I have not yet discovered- so I am excited.

Robin E.

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Tara,
We hope you enjoy these books!

Carissa

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These books look amazing

Heather

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looks sweet!

Carol Patton

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This is such a delightful series! Clever way to engage children in literature via total enjoyment.

Laurie

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Gorgeous illustrations. My big kids will enjoy these books as much as the younger ones.

Katherine

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These look so cute! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Karen

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I love owls and snow! This book looks so fun and the illustrations are gorgeous! Can’t wait to read it!

Emily Allen

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These books look wonderful, can’t wait to share them with my kids!

Christy

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These pictures look amazing. Can’t wait to find some of these at the library for my kids.

Kim

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Lita Judge’s artwork is amazing! Thanks for featuring such a lovely artist!

rebecca walters

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Those look amazing!

Kara Haakenson

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The art in these books are beautiful and I LOVE that they are little sibling owls living on the rooftops of Paris! I can’t wait to read these! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Robin E.

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Kara,
There is something extra sweet about the little sibling owls!

Theresa Wegner

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Wonderful and fast help from your customer support, Merry!

Robin E.

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Theresa,
Thank you for letting us know that Merry was able to help you quickly and well!

Kathie Jones

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An adorable book! I will be buying a copy of this for my grandson. :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kathie,
We hope he enjoys it as much as we have!

Mary

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These look like super cute books! I’m going to have to investigate to see if these are available at our library!!

Robin E.

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Mara,
I hope your library has these, or at least other Lita Judge books!

Nicole

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Beautiful illustrations

Kelly Potter

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Thanks for the suggestions!

Lilyan Frisch

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Wow! We are picture book readers and these books look lovely. Hoping to win!

Karen

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These books are adorable and my boys love owls so they would be perfect for us

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Karen,
We hope your boys enjoy these owls!

That’a a lovely giveaway! These birds are so cool!

Jennifer Dowen

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The illustrations are just beautiful!

Kathy Cervantes

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I’d love to win this!

Becca

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We will definitely be checking these books out.

Heather

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This looks like a delightful book!

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