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Owl At Home [Paperback]

Arnold Lobel
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Book Description

Dec 1 1989 I Can Read! - Level 2
Welcome to Owl's cozy home.Owl lives by himself in a warm little house. One evening he invites Winter to sit by the fire. Another time he finds strange bumps in his bedroom. And when Owl goes for a walk one night, he makes a friend that follows him all the way home.


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Whether Owl is inviting Winter in on a snowy night or welcoming a new friend he meets while on a stroll, Owl always has room for visitors!

About the Author

During his distinguished career Arnold Lobel wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books for children. To his illustrating credit, he had a Caldecott Medal book -- Fables (1981) -- and two Caldecott Honor Books-his own Frog and Toad are Friends (1971) and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan (1972). To his writing credit, he had a Newbery Honor Book -- Frog and Toad Together (1973). But to his greatest credit, he had a following of literally millions of young children with whom he shared the warmth and humor of his unpretentious vision of life.

Though he was a born storyteller -- he began making up stories extemporaneously to entertain his fellow second-graders in Schenectady, New York, where he grew up in the care of his grandparents. Mr. Lobel called himself a "lucky amateur" in terms of his writing. Viewing himself as a professionally trained illustrator (he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute), he said, "I know how to draw pictures. With writing, I don't really know what I'm doing. It's very intuitive."

In addition to the Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home, Mouse Tales, The Book of Pigericks, and many other popular books he created, Mr. Lobel also illustrated other writers' texts that captured his fancy. He viewed this as "something different and challenging." Often his illustrations for those books showed a different aspect of his personality and his artistic expertise, ranging from his meticulous dinosaurs in Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish to his chilling pen-and-ink drawings in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky, about which Booklist wrote, "Young readers will be amazed that the gentle Lobel of Frog and Toad fame can be so comfortably diabolic."

In 1977 Mr. Lobel and his wife, Anita, a distinguished children's book author and artist in her own right, collaborated on their first book, How the Rooster Saved the Day, chosen by School Library Journal as one of the Best Books of the Year, 1977. They then collaborated on three more books, A Treeful of Pigs, a 1979 ALA Notable Book; On Market Street, a 1982 Caldecott Honor Book; and The Rose in My Garden, a 1984 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.

Arnold Lobel died in 1987.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Owl is a hoot! April 9 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
Owl At Home is the only ï¿Owlï¿ book that Lobel produced. Composed of five delightful tales, children will be delighted at the antics of owl and his misunderstandings!
In the story, The Guest, Owl invites winter into his home with all of her fury! Snow is everywhere and his pea soup becomes frozen. Shooing winter out the door, winter closes the door with a bang and Owl settles down once his fire is lit and warmth seeps back into this home. His soup thaws and Owl is once again contented!
Strange Bumps is hysterical as Owl tries to figure out why there are two bumps at the end of his bed, under his covers! Owlï¿s gyrations under the bed and under the covers are guaranteed to bring many laughs! Owl cannot figure out where they came from or why they will not leave. He finally settles into his easy chair in front of the fire to get a good nightï¿s sleep!
Tear-Water Tea is delightful as we see Owl cooking is favorite tear-water tea with his own tears. He thinks of all the sad things he can, such as mornings nobody saw because everybody was sleeping and pencils that are too short to use. Filling up his kettle with his tears, he is ready to enjoy his favorite tea! A tad bit salty for me though.
Upstairs and Downstairs depicts Owl running up and down his stairs to check on how the upstairs is doing and how the downstairs is doing. Owl does this all day long and into the evening and he discovers how tired he is and he cannot be in two places at once!
Owl and the Moon is a cute tale of Owl befriending the Moon. Owl knows that the Moon cannot fit through his door, and it saddens him that the Moon, his friend, cannot come into his house. Getting ready for bed, Owl notices that Moon is shining outside and has indeed followed him home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Owl-eyed enchantment June 7 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is both beautiful and sweet. I initially checked it out from the library because I was looking for books that were more challenging than straight picture-books to read aloud to my then three year old daughter. I renewed it three times, which is the limit for my library.
Now I have had to purchase the book. I am pretty sure that I love this book as much as my daughter. Her favorite story is Strange Bumps, because she finds it hilarious that Owl cannot figure out that the "strange bumps" at the end of his bed are his own two feet. I vacillate between The Guest, because I find Owl's position by the fire eating soft pea soup utterly cozy and enchanting, and Tear-Water Tea, because I love Lobel's imaginative descriptions of the sad things that Owl thinks up to make himself cry. That story, in fact, has generated a whole new game in our household, which requires that my daughter and I "talk about nice things and sad things."
My only complaint about this book is that Lobel wrote only one book with Owl as the main character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tear-Water Tea Dec 5 1999
Format:Paperback
My mother read this book to me and my sister when I was four or five. Years later I had forgotten most of the book, but the concept of Tear-Water Tea stuck with me. During a conversation with friends when I was in college, something came up that made me think of the 'things that were sad' that Owl thinks of to make his tea. I absently remarked, "Spoons that have fallen behind the stove and are never seen again." and a friend automatically said, "Pencils that are too short to use." After a chorus of, "You read that book too! " I called home and asked mom, "Remember that book...what was the title?" And bought my own copy.
"Owl at Home" is a 'beginning readers' book, but it's perfect for all ages. Younger children will enjoy having it read aloud and adults will laugh at Owl's escapades along with the kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Owl At Home in our hearts May 21 2000
Format:Paperback
Owl's adventures with The Guest, Strange Bumps, Tear-Water Tea, Up stairs & Downstairs & The Moon are passionate & dramatic. Tear-Water Tea is my favorite & my children would beg me to read this one over & over again. Tear-Water Tea is a bitter-sweet brew. This little book & the friendly, affectionate Owl were one of my children's best friends in their early years. They loved the ideas of looking at life the way Owl does, they blink in anticipation as the stories gather speed & they hoot with laughter at Owl's take on life, then they snuggled with satisfaction when it's all done & we've talked about it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transcending with Owl Feb. 15 2000
Format:Paperback
Owl at home is more than a simple sweet childrens story. This book is actually an analogy to Walt Emerson's essay "Nature" and I am the author. After studying Zen Buddhism for twelve years as a Japanese archer I began to feel within me the spirit of our beloved Owl. Owl is a creature of nature like you and me who exists in a constant search of finding how he exists in relationship to the world. As he explores his role in the world he learns valuable lessons that teach him healthy perspectives until he at last transcends the boundaries he has attempted to define by being content with his good round friend, the moon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Help But Love Owl Dec 21 2009
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Reason for Reading: My son read this aloud to me.

Comments: I'm very familiar with this book but had never actually read it before! This contains four chapters, each its own individual story. Owl, himself, is not the brightest bulb in the package and while very polite and considerate he ends up in the silliest situations because of his own misunderstandings. Three of the stories follow this theme, while the third is a simple tale that shows his simple ways of making tea.

Owl is a dear you can't help but love because of his simple yet good-natured ways. My son was laughing joyously at the antics Owl ends up in and Lobel's illustrations of course add volumes to the simple easy reader text. Arnold Lobel is well known for his illustrations but he was also a master of the easy reader. His books contain both phonetic and common sight words making them appropriate for readers who have passed the basic phonics level. A fun book to read aloud to youngers and a perfect easy reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
I read this series when I was young and I read them in turn to my own children. They are funny and my kids wanted them read again and again. They are true classics.
Published on Oct. 22 2011 by ReadingInBC
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review by Amanda and Her Mom
My cousin recommended this book. So, I requested it from the library, picked it up, poured a glass of wine, and had my 9-year old daughter, Amanda, read it to me. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2007 by Jennie C
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book by Lobel
This even surpasses the Forg and Toad books, which every child must read. As good as children's books get!
Published on July 15 2004 by Mike Citykin
5.0 out of 5 stars Owl Rules
I read this book like crazy when I was in Kindergarten. The art in the book is great, seriously. From the weather moot Owl story to the others, the art is so wonderful. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Michael Roffman
5.0 out of 5 stars I Read It Myself
LOVE this book. Love it. My son loves it. I love the story about Tear-Water Tea. And...the last one about the moon. Great writing. Great story telling.
Published on July 31 2003 by Ellen Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like fables?
I recommend this book because it is fantastic. The book is about an owl that lives alone and invites the winter to come sit by the fire. My favorite chapter is Owl and the Moon. Read more
Published on April 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Own Owl at Home--will buy for my granddaughter
I had owl at home in my library of children's books over 20 years ago. My daughter, now almost 28 y/o loved the book. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001 by Mary Erika Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Owl at Home
In this book,Owl talks,wears clothes and drinks tea. He reads books and cies too.I really like this book. This is a funny book.
Published on May 17 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Owl at Home
Owl felt strange bumps and it was his feet.The snow came in Owl's house.I like the part when the snow came in.I like the part when he was going up and down stars. Read more
Published on May 17 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Owl at Home.
In one of the stories in Owl at Home, Owl lets the snow in his house . He was so cold. There was snow up in the room that went up the stairs. The snow went behind the door. Read more
Published on May 15 2001
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