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Owen's Marshmallow Chick Board book – January 22, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 150L (What's this?)
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (January 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060010126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439488891
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Owen adores Easter. Life doesn't get much better than a basket full of jelly beans ("My favorite"), gumdrops ("My favorite"), buttercream eggs ("My favorite"), and a chocolate bunny ("My favorite"). Unless... there's also a little yellow marshmallow chick the same color as our hero's fuzzy blanket. Decked out in his purple plaid Easter finery, this boy mouse spends a giddy day playing with his sugary new pal. And does he succumb to tasty temptation? How dare you even think such a thing! Kevin Henkes, in picture books such as Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick, and our introduction to the blanky-toting mouse, Owen, creates recognizable characters in familiar settings and preschool predicaments. His bright, spring-hued illustrations and gently humorous plots are tremendously appealing for readers young and old. In no time, this cute little board book will have every youngster announcing, "My favorite." (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter

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Preschool-Kindergarten--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

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More About the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels--one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at www.kevinhenkes.com.

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He loves the colorful illustrations.
Christopher A. Butera
Owen's Marshmallow Chick will be a hit on Easter morning.
sherry baldwin
This is a very cute boardbook for small children.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David J. Gannon on March 6, 2002
Format: Board book
One of the basic behavior patterns ofd the toddler class is what my child psychologist neighbor so charmingly calls "anthropomorphic objectification", by which she means finding some aspect of an object comforting in the same way mom is comforting as an object and using is as an acceptable "mom" substitute. So we have favorite blankets, favorite bears, favorite cars--whatever.
This is a book about this process. Owen the mouse loves Easter and gets an Easter basket full of goodies, each of which he proclaims to be his "favorite" as he gobbles it up-except for his little yellow candy chick, which is the same color as his favorite blanket. Owen proceeds to act out kids "cherishing" behavior, finally kissing the chick goodnight.
The book seems to strike a chord with both parents and kids. I imagine it's because it's a behavior we all recognize, indulge in and identify with, and that fact seems to help us foster a fondness for Owen above and beyond that his intrinsic charm and cuteness engender on their own.
Good story, great illustrations, nice hardboard format is good for the toddler group who like to carry around and "play" with their books as much as actually have them read to them.
This is evolving into a very good series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brandie Valenzuela on February 16, 2002
Format: Board book
If you see me at the library or the book store, there
is one area you will see me in -- the children's books.
You will no doubt think I am picking out a book for a
child. Not always so. Ever since I took a college
course on children's literature, I have been in love with
the colorful illustrations and sweet words that come
from them and "Owen's Marshmallow Chick" is no
exception! I read this book first because of how
adorable it looked, and then later introduced it to my
children.
The books shows us Owen, a cute mouse, who
has just received his Easter basket. He has all kind
of yummy goodies in his basket, which everything in
it is clearly his "favorite" -- so he quickly devours each.
But in his basket is something else that is his favorite,
and that is a yellow marshmallow chick. Owen doesn't
eat his chick, but rather he keeps it by his side at all
times, playing with it and even saying "good night" to his
favorite treat -- which is also the same color of his beloved
blanket.
As a mom of three, I have had children who have had an
attachment to a particular item and this book brought
back those beautiful memories to me. I highly recommend
"Owen's Marshmallow Chick" to parents. It is a board
book, and targeted to young toddlers and preschoolers,
but my oldest children (ages 11 and 9) loved this story
as much as I did. While it would make an excellent
addition to your child's Easter basket, this is a book
that I feel parents and children will be able to enjoy
all year round.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sherry baldwin on February 18, 2002
Format: Board book
Very cute! I purchased this book for my boys ages 6, 4, and ten months. I predict that they will not only relate to every candy being their "favorite", but will also call the book one of their favorites. Kevin Henkes knows how to get into the minds of children and it shows in this playful Easter book. Personally I'm glad it's a board book so it will withstand several children of several ages reading it. Owen's Marshmallow Chick will be a hit on Easter morning.
Sherry Baldwin
author Beecher Bear Plays Here and There
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on April 6, 2002
Format: Board book
No author captures the essence of a preschooler like Kevin Henkes. "On Easter monring, Owen's basket was full." Little blanket toting Owen jumped for joy as he first surveyed and then gobbled down all his "favorites." There were jelly beans and gumdrops, buttercream eggs and a big chocolate bunny. And then there was a little yellow marshmallow chick. "It was the same color as his fuzzy yellow blanket." And Owen loved it. He didn't eat the chick, but played with it all day. At bedtime, Owen decided to put "his favorite" on the shelf with his best toys. Sweet dreams..... Henkes' simple and gentle text is kept to a minimum. The real story is told through his bright and engaging artwork, and youngsters will enjoy the charming facial expressions and special details in each illustration. Perfect for little ones 4 and younger, Owen's Marshmallow Chick is a sweet and tender board book you don't want to miss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By melin on May 3, 2003
Format: Board book
Anyone who grew up finding marshmallow chicks in their Easter basket can relate to this story. When i was a kid they were yellow. Now these chicks come in all colors. I am a kindergarten teacher. My students loved this book. Now, one child takes it home with an Owen plush and a plastic egg with a marshmallow chick inside. They don't know what color their chick is until they get home. I provide a journal for them to document the color, write a story about their visit with Owen and draw a picture. They LOVE it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By zickler4 on April 20, 2002
Format: Board book
This story is a perfect read for Easter or any time of the year! While my child loves to bite the head off of his marshmallow chicks, he could understand Owen's attachment to the treat. Owen projects his emotional attachment of his favorite blanket onto the marshmallow chick (that is the same color as his blanket)and doesn't gobble it up like his other holiday treats. This ending is absolutely priceless and we read this story at least once a week. Since there is no focus on spirituality or religion in this board book, it would be appropriate in a home of any faith (especially with those who are fans of marshmallow chicks!). Highly recommended!
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