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Owl Babies [Board book]

Martin Waddell , Patrick Benson
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Book Description

Oct. 7 1996
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.

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From Publishers Weekly

New to board book format is Martin Waddell's Owl Babies, in which three worried owlets wait for their mother to return from her night flight. Patrick Benson's disarming cross-hatched pictures of fluffy, wide-eyed owl babies, and the use of light colored text against a black background, turn this sweet story into a hauntingly lovely little book. (Candlewick, $6.99 22p ages 18 mos.
2 yrs. ISBN 1-56402-965-4, Oct.)
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-- This simple story pales in comparison to the exceptionally well-crafted illustrations. Rendered in black ink and watercolor with an abundance of crosshatching used to show background, shadow, texture, and depth, each stunning woodcutlike panorama fills a double-page spread. Benson has chosen shades of turquoise, pale yellow, and light green for the large-type text in order to avoid detracting from the blue-and-green dominated paintings. Realistic as they appear, the three, fluffy, white baby owls and their mother are infused with distinct personalities. The owlets awaken one night to find their mother gone. Sarah, the largest, reasons that she is out hunting for food. Mid-sized Percy tends to agree, while tiny Bill will only repeat, ``I want my mommy!'' Mom, just out for a night flight, does return, of course, and her fledglings are delighted to see her. The repetition just doesn't work. The plot is too meager, the text too unexciting. Hutchins's Good Night Owl (Macmillan, 1991), Thaler's Owly (HarperCollins, 1982), and Yolen's Owl Moon (Philomel, 1987) are all better stories for preschoolers. Simple, well-written books about mother love and reassurance for this age group are abundant. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story Nov. 7 2008
Format:Board book
I've been reading this story to my daughters since they were two years old. They are now five and we still read it. It's a great story with good illustrations. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites Aug. 4 2005
By A Customer
Format:Board book
I really love this book a lot. It is touching and sweet. I read it to my son on a regular basis from early on. He enjoyed the dark black colour of the pages when he was a tiny baby, I have a lot of fun reading it to him and I know he enjoys listening, this book is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my daughter's bedtime favorites Nov. 23 2002
By A Customer
Format:Board book
It's hard to say more about this wonderful book -- just wanted to add that my 23-month old has loved it for the past two months and I know this has to do with her presently intensified separation anxiety. Lovely story, artful evocative illustrations. One of my favorites to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars who doesn't love baby owls? Jan. 23 2002
By audrey
Format:Board book
Bill and Percy and Sarah wake in the night to find their Mommy has gone. At first they are sure she will come back, but as time passes they all become a little worried. They think. They worry. They spread out. They huddle together. And after a while, Mommy comes home.
This is a nice book to help little ones deal with separation and worry, or a good read for animal lovers or kids who are afraid of animals. The illustrations of these wide-eyed little creatures are heartwarming. A good snuggle book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So charming! June 29 2014
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
These little owls will steal your heart. The illustrations are sublime. This is for me the perfect children's book. The marriage of the wonderful text and the superb illustrations is ideal. This one will be asked for night after night after night. So charming.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible story Nov. 22 2013
By Jenna
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
We read to our daughter all day every day and we purchased this book because of the high reviews. But after reading it ourselves, we were incredibly disappointed. If this is what's passing for good children's literature, then we have a problem. The illustrations were great! But there was basically nothing in the story that had to do with owls. Because, she makes owl noises, we keep "reading" it, but we make up our own version... I suggest going with anything else
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story for Kids Big and Small Aug. 13 1998
By A Customer
I thought my 3 year old loved this book, until recently my 13 month old disappears from anywhere in the house and is almost alway found in his brother's room, paging through our now beat up copy of Owl Babies. (Amazon...get the board book please!!) He LOVES this book! It's always the first and pretty much the only one he wants you to read to him and he always protests loudly when it's put away. (Never mind that you just read it 3 times in a row!) He loves the pictures and flaps his arms, bounces in my lap, and points at cute owl faces as we flip the pages. Many precious memories with this one. Thanks Mr. Waddell and Mr. Benson!!! :) ENJOY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My students and I both love this book. The illustrations are wonderful. This is a must have for all children's literature collections.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrified Owl Babies
The beautiful artwork in this book doesn't mask a storyline that is way too upsetting for a young child. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a two year old
We started reading to our daughter very young, which she always enjoyed, but this was the first book we read where she clearly followed the narrative. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by D. Adler
5.0 out of 5 stars Calm fears - and a cute little brother
Our three kids love this book. Particularly hearing the fear in the littlest owl's wishing for his Mama's return, and his joy at her arrival.
Published on Oct. 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun book to read with one's children
I bought this book over two years ago, when my daughter was around 14 months and was just starting to visibly enjoy being read to. Read more
Published on May 30 2003 by Robert Huffstedtler
5.0 out of 5 stars Whooooooo will like this? Your child!
This is a terrific children's book. While the subject appears to be about baby owls, and it does cover a few interesting facts kids will like, there's more going on here. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2002 by Maddi Hausmann Sojourner
5.0 out of 5 stars A book review on Owl Babies
This story is about 3 baby owls that wake up in the middle of the night and their mummy has gone.
My favourite part of the story is when mummy comes back. Read more
Published on June 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bedtime read!
This book has been one of my toddler's bedtime favorites for the last few months. She loves to hear how Sarah, Percy, and Bill wait for their mommy in the dark of the woods, and... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2001 by Mom of Four
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