Rockefeller Christmas tree owl now the star of new children’s book
The adorable owl who was freed from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is now flying back to New York City in a new children’s book — just in time for the holidays.
Written by new author T. Troy Kolo., “Rockefeller The Christmas Owl” is based on real events when an adorable owl was found in the 75-foot Norway spruce sent to Rockefeller Center in November.
The Christmas tale follows the owl, aptly named Rockefeller, as he meets with some holiday friends — one of whom is none other than Santa Claus — on his impromptu journey through New York City.
Kolo., a Scranton, Pennsylvania native, published the book Dec. 8 and was, of course, inspired by the real-life owl’s surprise visit to the Big Apple.
“When I had heard the news, I immediately thought, ‘Boy, gee, there is a story there that practically writes itself,’ ” the 52-year-old told The Post. “When the idea struck immediately after hearing about [the owl], I sat down and started to do a couple of verses and in a few days I had something finished.”
Like most great Christmas stories, the deeper meaning is about love and family ties, Kolo. explained.
“It’s about getting back to your parents and the importance of family and how deep that runs within most of us,” he said.
In his version of Rockefeller’s journey, the bird gets to enjoy the wonders of New York during the holidays on his accidental trip with illustrations that depict the winter wonderland that is Rockefeller Center in December.
“I’m particularly fond of the middle part of the book where they are actually in Rockefeller Plaza,” Kolo. explained. “Rockefeller first gets his glimpse of New York City and as in awe of all of the lights and so forth … I think a handful of people would agree, it’s New York and the iconic tree. So that’s what led me to pursue this.”
The real owl — an adult northern saw-whet — was found trapped in the tree and caused quite a stir on social media. After careful removal, the owl was released into the wild by the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, NY, in the hopes it would return back to its family in upstate Oneonta where the tree was cut down.
While this is his first book, Kolo. envisions Rockefeller’s next journey to fly from the page to the screen, since he believes the story lends itself well to an animated holiday project.
Until then, the tiny owl’s journey can be found within the 40 pages of the Christmas tale, making for a perfect holiday gift for the kids (and adults) in your life. The tome, illustrated by Meredith Miner, will ship in time for Christmas if ordered with Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping or expedited shipping. The book is also available to download on Kindle, for those who can’t wait for Rockefeller’s friend Santa to drop it off.
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