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Owl Babies: Board Book and Soft Toy Gift Set

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by Martin Waddell, Patrick Benson
     
 

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A comforting classic now comes with a cute owl toy to remind the youngest of children that Mommy always comes back.

"I want my mommy!" Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can’t help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Martin Waddell’s

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A comforting classic now comes with a cute owl toy to remind the youngest of children that Mommy always comes back.

"I want my mommy!" Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can’t help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Martin Waddell’s tender text and Patrick Benson’s stunning illustrations capture the anxious little owls as they worry - and the joyous flapping, dancing, and bouncing that greet their mother’s return. Now little readers will be bouncing themselves when they see the fluffy white baby owl they can play with long after the book is closed!

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Cuddle up with an adorable owlet doll as you read an award-winning book! Sweet-natured and perfect for bedtime, this Owl Babies book-and-toy package will have any child hooting with delight. Mama owl is gone from the nest one night, and little Sarah, Percy, and Bill spend time worrying about why she's gone and what could have happened to her. While Sarah supposes different things with backup from Percy, the smallest owlet in the nest, Bill, calls out, "I want my mommy!" The three tykes sadly close their eyes and wish for the best, but of course there's nothing to fret over, and Mama returns to a home of happy children. Magnificently combining a snow-white owl doll that's surface washable and this darkly illustrated, totally darling read, Owl Babies has never reassured the before-bed crowd any better.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The expressions on the faces of these baby owls are enough to tug at any heart, but the heartwarming story of Percy, Sarah and Bill, all of who are anxiously awaiting the return of mother owl, is a true delight. The easy cadence of the words, the gentle humor, and the poignancy of Bill's plaint "I want my Mommy" will ring true with kids and their mothers. Reissue of the 1992 award-winning book in a board book version.
School Library Journal
PreS-- 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
Emily Melton
Sarah, Percy, and Bill, three small owls who live in the forest, wake up one night to find their mother gone. Sarah and Percy, the older and "braver" siblings, try to reassure themselves and their baby brother, Bill, that Mother has only flown off in search of food and will soon return; but the dark and silent forest is frightening and lonely at night, and deep down the baby owls wonder if Mother will really come back. They huddle together, trying to be brave but imagining the worst. Finally, Mother reappears with a feast, and the youngsters greet her with enthusiastic relief. Waddell uses pared-down prose and simple sentences to convey the owl babies' growing sense of loneness and then their happy relief when Mother returns. This story will strike a familiar chord in every small child who has been afraid when left by his or her parent, and parents will perhaps gain a new understanding of how a small child might feel when he or she is left. The quiet of the night forest and the little owls' sense of smallness are imaginatively captured by the velvety, black-as-night background and the softly glowing, jewel-toned colors of Benson's woodcutlike illustrations. A wonderful "read to me" book for nap time, story time, or bedtime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763621575
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/15/2003
Edition description:
Board Book and Soft Toy Gift Set Large Print
Pages:
22
Sales rank:
112,622
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 6.69(h) x 2.19(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 2 Years

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Owl Babies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
onlygranny More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 2 year old granddaughter. She loved the baby owl and chimed in when the littlest owl said I want my mommy!. She too understands that Mommy will be back when she goes to work or on vacation. This book is a good reinforcement of that fact.
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My 2.5 year old loves it, and it has prompted role playing of me taking her to pretend school and then swooping in to get her, a recommended activity from a friend. Very recommended, and conversation started to help prepare for preschool
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story and images! Parents and children alike love it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very sweet story with some good repetition. My 12 month old son enjoys it and likes looking at the pictures of the owls.
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This is a favorite with children. It is an excellent read-aloud for shared reading. Children love it!
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dadoftwo25 More than 1 year ago
Three little owls do the best they can together until mom sows up again. Makes for an anxious time before the happy ending. A really adorable story and realistic character emotions. Your kids will enjoy this one.
snugthejoiner More than 1 year ago
My son loves the story and gets very excited when owl mother returns. The illustrations are beautiful. A very nice piece of work.
KMCmommy More than 1 year ago
Sarah,Percy and Bill are adorable. This book is best when you give each baby its own voice. This book is perfect for the under five crowd who can relate to Bill "I want my Mommy!"
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OsaES More than 1 year ago
It is normal for children to feel scared when a parent/adult is not around. This is true when a child starts preschool. They are always wondering if mommy/daddy wil return. This book helps a child learn how 3 baby owls feell when their mommy leaves the nest in search for food. A wonderful book!
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I love this book. I gave this book to my nephew a few years ago and it quickly became a favorite of his. I now buy this book for any new moms as a shower gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Waddell is a great thinker and writer. 'OWL BABIES' taught us about writing. We learned not to put rising tension first and to have a soft beginning. Mr. Benson helped us draw far away and close up pictures. The little owlet Bill is a cutie. He sticks together with his brother and sister.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of my Kindergartners' favourite books each year! They will all chime in with little Bill, 'I want my mommy!' This is sa sweet book that is sure to please ANY person, big or small.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my daughter's favorite books! (She's 3 1/2 years old) She absolutely loves the different expressions on the owls' faces and truly relates to the story. Funnily enough, As I pause between each page to let her take in the illustrations, she has taken to verbally reassuring the smallest owl, Bill, that his mother will in fact come back and that his sister and brother will protect him in the meantime. Reading this book to her always sets the stage for a wonderful bonding moment between us. From the mother's perspective, the story is simple, heartwarming, and it's a quick read (nice plus when I'm trying to speed up bedtime!!!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is a simple story about 3 baby owls worried about their mother. When they wake up to find her gone, Sarah and Percy have lots of questions. Where did she go? Will she come back? Bill has only one thing to say, 'I want my mommy,' and he says it over and over again. My 2-year-old son can relate to the story so well, and to hear him repeat Bill's words with such conviction is endearing. We first encountered Baby Owls on 'Onemorestory.com,' and I have since bought the book and even a baby owl to go with. I'm planning to give a copy to his daycare for newbies who are wondering if their mothers are coming back.