"My favorite," said Owen when he saw the marshmallow chick.
"My favorite," you will say when you read this book.
Children's LiteratureOh what joy it is Easter morning and Owen's basket is full. He can't wait to start enjoying all of the goodies. Among his favorites are the jellybeans, which he promptly devours, then the gumdrops, next the butter cream eggs and another favorite, the chocolate bunny. There is only one item left, a yellow marshmallow chick that looks just like his fuzzy yellow blanket. Owen plays with his chick all day and when evening comes, he puts it on his shelf with a sweet kiss goodnight. After all, it really is his favorite Easter treat. A tasty little board book that little ones will savor. 2001, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $6.95. Ages 6 mo. to 3. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library JournalPreS-K-The little mouse is back in this charming board book. Owen cannot resist any of the goodies in his Easter basket except for the yellow marshmallow chick, which happens to be the same color and texture as his cherished blanket. Instead of eating it, he plays with it, smiles at it, and finally puts it on his shelf and kisses it good night. Henkes has kept the text short, simple, and rich. His illustrations are also simple, uncluttered yet full of winsome expression. A sweet friendship story for toddlers and preschoolers.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsIt's Easter morning and Owen, the endearingly silly mouse, and his yellow blanket are back. Owen is jumping for joy at the sight of his basket overflowing with traditional Easter goodies. Each jelly-bean-colored page describes the sweets as Owen announces, "My favorite," to each and every treat, before happily devouring the snack. From the buttercream eggs to the chocolate bunny, Owen enjoys them all equally until he comes to the last confection: the marshmallow chick, which, it turns out, is the exact same color as Owen's fuzzy yellow blanket. Too special to be eaten, Owen enjoys the marshmallow chick in an entirely different way, playing with it all morning, afternoon, and up until bedtime. This board book is the perfect fare for those who love Owen the mouse or those who just have a sweet tooth in need of satisfaction. Henkes's (Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick, p. 863, etc.) ebulliently illustrated mice never fail to please. This little work is begging to be nestled among the pastel grasses of any Easter basket, but it does one better than any chocolate rabbit: it can be enjoyed over and over again. (Board book. 1-3)
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