Arnold Lobels stories about Owl are thought provoking, intelligent and written with compassion and humour. In appearance Owl resembles an old man. His preoccupations are those of the elderly and the small child.
Tear- Water Tea is a contemplative story where Owl thinks about sad things, including pencils that are too short to use and mornings nobody saw because everybody was sleeping.
As he reflects on these his tears fill the kettle, which he then boils and makes tea.
In The Guest, Winter knocks at the door and Owl invites Winter in. They enjoy an evening together and when Winter leaves Owl experiences what all of us feel when an interesting and stimulating guest has left, tired, happy and relieved to have a bit of peace.
A wonderful read.