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Rocky's Road to the Big City

A Holiday Adventure

Illustrated by Courtney Ling
Published by Sky Pony
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

When Rocky’s game of hide-and-seek in the big trees of Upstate New York takes a turn, the little owl gets taken on a ride, far far away from home just in time for Christmas.

On her journey, Rocky encounters a number of people—some human, some gigantic and gold—places, including the big frozen pond and her first experience “inside," and most importantly, the glamour of unlimited mouse meals that she didn’t have to hunt for herself. Rocky’s Road to the Big City is sure to become a holiday story for the ages; a tiny, feathered piece of New York City holiday lore.

Based on the events surrounding the arrival of the 2020 Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City, this book tells the story from the perspective of the tiny saw-whet owl who stowed away in its branches. Follow along on Rocky's harrowing adventure from Oneonta to the Big Apple and meet the kind humans who help her along her journey.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Sky Pony (September 6, 2022)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510769205
  • Ages: 3 - 6

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Raves and Reviews

"This delightfully illustrated book is not only entertaining but contains great information about the saw-whet owl sure to feed the curious and inquisitive minds of young readers. It is destined to become as memorable as Rocky herself." —Janie Emaus, author of Latkes for Santa Claus

"Kids will love this sweet, magical Christmas tale, especially since it really happened!  A great addition to your holiday book collection. Get ready to read this one again and again!" —Lisa Ann Scott, author of Narwhal's True Christmas Wish

“Rocky’s Road to the Big City 
is one of those holiday picture books that warms your heart and brings a smile to your face no matter how many times you read it. This beautiful retelling of a true story about a darling little owl who unintentionally hitched a ride tucked inside the branches of the soon-to-be Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, has everything a Christmas message should have—hope and heart. And, bonus, the author has included backmatter which offers interesting information about the Saw-Whet Owl. This book is sure to become one of the 12 books of Christmas that you read with your family every holiday season.” Michelle Medlock Adams, award-winning author of 100-plus books, including I Love You to the Sun and Beyond

"Rocky's Road is an intriguing take on an owl's adventure after his tree is cut down to become the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. An imaginative tale that begs the reader to imagine an animal's point of view when interacting with humans." —Katie Otey, author of Every Other Christmas

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