DetailsHe Who Flies By Night: The Story of Grey Owl tells the true story of how Englishman Archie Belaney fulfilled his childhood fantasy of living in Canada's North with the First Nations people. He transformed himself into Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin or 'Grey Owl,' living with the animals of the forest and coming to love and respect the beauty and balance of nature. Children will love reading of how he lives with his two beaver friends, Jelly Roll and Rawhide, and how part of their beaver lodge was built right up through the floor of his cabin at Ajawaan Lake, Saskatchewan! Grey Owl became a well-respected conservationist, saving his beloved beavers from extinction.
Grey Owl's vision and quest for conservation is shared throughout this book. The story itself is written in an engaging and colourful manner and beautiful paintings by First Nations artist, Mike Keepness, illustrate Grey Owl's remarkable adventures in northern Saskatchewan and take the reader from dawn to dusk and through the seasons. Children will be intrigued to discover a grey owl in every picture and the paintings themselves, in addition to their clarity of depiction, convey the humour and poignancy of Grey Owl's chosen life in the wild.
Most children are unaware of Grey Owl and the lasting legacy of conservation he inspired. It is our hope that He Who Flies By Night: The Story of Grey Owl will continue to share Grey Owl's wonderful, timeless message of respect for nature and wildlife. Grey Owl, a master storyteller himself, often spoke with children about the importance of our place in the environment, saying, Remember, you belong to Nature, not it to you.
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ISBN 9781894431088 Publication Date Jul 1, 2006 Author Punshon, Lori Illustrator Keepness, Mike Pages 32 Size 9.00″ x 9.00″
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- SPG Book Review
This wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of Grey Owl in the style of oral storytelling, still used among First Nations peoples. There are many books written about this famous conservationist, but this one is written for young children.
Grey Owl speaks to the children about his life and the beaver kits that he adopts. The kits teach Grey Owl about nature and how the beavers live in the wild. He tells the children how he made a kind of a ramp on his canoe so that the beavers could climb into the canoe while he paddled on the lake. He tells the class that all his furniture legs had beaver teeth marks and part of a beaver lodge was built into his cabin.
Mike Keepness, a Regina artist, illustrates the book with pictures that children will love for the colour and details. They follow the narrative and visually compliment the story. Regina author Lori Punshon writes the story so that children will be drawn in and become part of it as they listen to the words of Grey Owl. It will become one of the favourites on the bookshelf from the very first reading.
This book should be part of all school rooms and makes a great book for children’s library programs. Children all love animal stories and Grey Owl’s heritage is an important Canadian story. Grey Owl spoke out to the world about the importance of conservation; his message may be even more important today. Through the words and pictures, children and adults can be reminded that we can speak out locally about the ways that nature is important to the animals and landscape that we live in.