Groundwood Books

An Owl at Sea

Written by Susan Vande Griek • Illustrated by Ian Wallace

For kids 6 - 9 years old | Published May 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773063102
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Animal Welfare

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

An Owl at Sea

Susan Vande Griek • Ian Wallace

This is the true story of a Short-eared Owl that plummeted onto the deck of an oil rig in the North Sea, one hundred miles from shore. Weak and tired, it huddled on the deck until riggers provided it with a makeshift shelter and fresh meat to eat. When a helicopter arrived to transport some of the workers back home, they took the owl with them, handing it over to the Scottish SPCA. A few weeks later the owl was strong enough to be released into the countryside.

Susan Vande Griek’s gentle prose poem describes this unusual encounter with a creature from the wild with curiosity and wonder. Ian Wallace’s stunning watercolors show gorgeous seascapes, the subtle beauty of the owl, and the oil rig and its workers, creating compelling visual contrasts.

An author’s note includes information about the Short-eared Owl, a bird found in the Americas, Europe and Asia, whose numbers may be in decline due to loss of habitat.

About the Creators

Susan Vande Griek

Susan Vande Griek is a teacher and writer who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace has had a long and distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. Visit Ian Wallace's website: