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Book Review of So What, Saw Whet?

Updated on October 20, 2011
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Donna Campbell Smith is a published author, freelance writer, and photographer. She also specializes in horses.


So What, Saw Whet?

Written by Rochelle Frank and Photographed by Linda Gast

ISBN 0-9746792-0-8

Hummingbird Mountain Press, Midpines, CA copyright 2003

Retail $9.95

In my opinion children's picture books are the hardest of all genres to write. I admire writers who can squeeze it all down to less than 1500 words and it still be fun to read, not only for the child, but the grownup doing the reading. Not only does the writer have to write a concise story, she or he must write it in such away that an illustrator can create pictures that carry the story in a logical way, AND the words must fit a pre-determined number of pages.

Rochelle Frank a children's book, So What, Saw Whet?, not only entertains child and adult reader so that it could fit the pre-determined page count and be beautifully illustrated by photographer Linda Gast, she wrote a book that teaches. This is a delightful little non-fiction picture book about the Saw Whet Owl. It is written in couplets, which is appealing to the preschooler, but also fun for adults to read out loud. The photographs are enough to stir envy in the heart of any bird photographer as the owl is normally nocturnal and elusive - so I learned when I read the book.

I recommend So What, Saw Whet? as educational, fun to read, and for its appealing pictures as a good addition to the preschool and primary grade age group's library. For more information go to


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      Donna Campbell Smith 9 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Very cool! Congratulations!

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks for the review, Donna. The book has been listed again in the International Migratory Bird Day Catalog, and we also got a new order from South Shore Bird Club in SE Mass. Green Teacher Magazine also published a complimentary review this month.

      If anyone here would like to buy an autographed copy, contact me by email from my profile.

      Thanks again.

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      stevemark122000 9 years ago from Southern California

      Interesting Hub, thanks!