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!
Readers first met this endearing pair of owls in Lita Judge’s beautifully illustrated picture book Hoot and Peep.
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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!
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!
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.
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.”
But as the snow continues to fall, Peep can’t stay silent. She just has to sing! “Schweepity, thwap, thwap.”
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.
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.
Lita’s books are special, but don’t take our word for it. Read a few to your children!
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