This enchanting story is a fictional retelling from the recollections of author Heidi Drew’s two cousins, Starr and Steven.
Oliver – a screech owl – was an actual pet in their family life that lived in the studio of Heidi’s artist/poet aunt Joan Drew Ritchings for about ten years. Shakespeare (a barred owl) also came to live there for a year or two. Heidi remembers these owls from her childhood family visits.
“When my first granddaughter, Ophelia, was born and given a name with the initials OWL, the book begged to be made. I had been inspired creatively by my Aunt Joan my entire life. She had stitched her own little books with her printed illustrations and poetic, often humorous, verse. She called her self-publishing enterprise the Gray Moose Press. Many of these books are in rare book collections in the Brown University Library and the Library of Congress. I hope this book will add to her artistic legacy.”
The book is illustrated with Heidi’s charming watercolors that capture Oliver’s tale.