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Owen (Caldecott Honor Book) By Kevin Henkes Hardcover – October 15, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hardcover (October 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RBYKAE
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AWAbooks on November 30, 2011
If the 2-Star review is still active, please ignore it. The person mistakenly rated their "sales experience" as opposed to the quality of the book itself. Speaking of which, the book is hysterical, as most any book by Kevin Henkes is. It won a Caldecott for a (very) good reason, folks :-)
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By Julie on May 5, 2014
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The story is timeless - a favorite by all my grandchildren. The illustrations are charming. There is no cuter book anywhere!
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By AngeliqueHealingMoon on October 12, 2012
Owen is one of our favorite books! I know the words by heart. My children didn't have any security objects so we were not worried about the message the book may send. Although how Owen's family solves the issue of Owen's blanket being too big to bring to school is a wonderful idea in my opinion. Owen is an adorable and hilarious story that I highly recommend.
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Despite being a fan of Kevin Henkes, I could not bring myself to like this book. The idea behind the story- trying to get a young child to part with his/her blanket- is certainly one that might appeal to parents. However, I dislike the fact that the parents start trying to force their son to give up his security object simply because the neighbor who can't mind her own business peer pressures them into thinking they are being bad parents by letting him keep his "baby" object. They also make a fuss over Owen not being able to go to school with a blanket (which strikes me as odd because the preschools where I live don't seem to mind if you child brings a special object as long as they tuck it away in their cubbie). So not only do the parents attempt to force the poor kid to suddenly be okay with getting rid of his blanket, but when they realize it won't work they attempt to compromise by cutting it up into little squares and sending him to school with handkerchief-sized pieces. Suddenly Owen doesn't care that his blanket isn't fuzzy anymore and is in small squares, which I have a hard time believing wouldn't be rather heartbreaking in real life. My own son has a blanket he loves dearly but he is naturally spending less and less time with it on his own as he gets older without me having to give him lectures on how the nosy neighbor thinks he's a baby and hacking it into small pieces. I'm sorry, Kevin Henkes, but this one did not work for me as a parent. I'm not saying there shouldn't be rules about where a security object is or isn't allowed, but I disagree with the message that it's wrong to have one the minute you hit school age.
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