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Owl Babies

By Martin Waddell (Author) & Patrick Benson (Illustrator)
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Item description for Owl Babies by Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson...

Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone

Publishers Description
The bay owls came out of their house,
and they sat on the tree and waited.
A big branch for Sarah, a small branch for Percy,
and an old piece of ivy for Bill.
When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations from unique and striking perspectives capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1572
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1996 page 16
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/14/1996

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Candlewick
Pages   22
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Board Books
Release Date   Oct 7, 1996
Publisher   Candlewick
Age  1-2
ISBN  1564029654  
ISBN13  9781564029652  
UPC  732483003413  

Availability  0 units.

More About Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Martin Waddell wanted OWL BABIES to capture the "strong emotion of 'I want my mommy!' " that is so familiar to children. Martin Waddell is the author of more than one hundred books for young readers.
Patrick Benson enlarged his technique of cross-hatching for the illustrations of OWL BABIES so that it would have "a more graphic image -- rather like a woodcut." Patrick Benson is also the illustrator of THE LITTLE BOAT by Kathy Henderson and LET THE LYNX COME IN by Jonathan London.

Martin Waddell currently resides in County Down.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > Bedtime & Dreaming
2Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Parents > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Emotions & Feelings > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > General

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Owl Babies for my babies  Nov 19, 2008
I picked this book up at our local library on impulse. I didn't think it'd be a huge hit with my youngest (2 years old), but thought my early readers might enjoy it. Turns out I was half right. My 2, 4 and 7 year olds all love this book! My 10 year old volunteers to read it to them daily. After having a library copy for only a few days I realized this one needed to be added to our personal collection. The illustrations are beautiful, the repetition is great and the moral of the story is lovely.
A Teacher's Perspective  Sep 9, 2008
This piece of Modern Fantasy features a small owl family. The mother owl leaves and the three owl babies are left to worry and wonder where she's gone and when she'll return. In the end, the owl mother returns to her three concerned children and reassures them.

The first time I heard this story was at Texas Tech University in my Children's Lit course. Dr. Button was a skilled reader and acted out the scenes of this book, making us all fall in love with the story.

Bill, the youngest owl baby, has a repetive part in the story and I would ask children to read that line on each page. I would also incorporate this book in a Fall, noctournal animals unit.
For some reason, it falls flat for us  Jun 24, 2008
It's a good little book - mom is gone, the kids worry, mom comes back and everybody is happy.

But I really can't get the kids to show very much interest in it, and I don't often choose it to read either.
all moms love this book :-)  Jun 1, 2008
This is just the sweetest book.... Any mom (or dad) would think this one of the best books around. The illustrations are beautiful. Just the right amount of tension for a little one - mommy goes away for a while - and then mommy comes back with food. We got this as a gift because we remembered it so fondly from when we read it to our son. It's a bit more "obscure" than "Goodnight Moon" so we figured no one else would think of it.
An enchanting tale  Feb 9, 2008
Owl Babies is an enchanting book which my six year old Daughter first discovered when we borrowed it from our local library. It conveys perfectly, the fact that it is normal to worry about things, but that everything usually works out in the end - if you just have hope!

I was unable to obtain this book in the UK as it is now out of publication, however I was delighted when I discovered that it could be bought from the US. The only difference in the UK & US version is the use of 'Mummy' in our version & 'Mommy' in the US version - this of course does absolutely nothing to spoil our enjoyment of this excellent book.

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