owl’s celebration

  • author: Inese Zandere
  • illustrator: Ieva Jurjāne

isbn: 978-9984-820-39-2

size: 21,5 x 29,5

quantity: 44 pages

year: 2012

price: 3.00 €

The protagonists of the book are Riga birds who gather in the opera house to wish happy birthday to the old and much respected owl who is the resident of the Opera attic. Quite similar to humans in their characters and behaviour, the birds with their celebration interfere with the life of the ‘real’ Opera, the one of people. It is only when the Mayor of the city and the clock cuckoo step in that the fantastic world of the birds separate from the human life again; after the owl’s birthday celebrations, the birds go their separate ways back to the city streets and parks. Ieva Jurjāne shows the events in the book from the point of view of a little girl who may just feel closer to the birds than the grownups; the artist has a knack for highlighting the similarities between people and birds. She conjures up a vividly theatrical atmosphere, telling the story while also showing some historical landmarks of the Riga city centre which children may find significant: the Timm Bridge across the canal; the monument to the composer Alfrēds Kalniņš; the Laima Clock and the Opera House, as well as the stage, set workshop, costumes and artists.