- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); Illustrated. edition (1996)
- ASIN: B001QHERB4
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,954,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Owl Babies Hardcover – 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot is appropriately simple: Mama Owl goes out hunting for the night, and the three owl babies get progressively more worried and scared. When they have almost sunk into despair, mom comes home.
The illustrations are beautiful. Benson does an excellent job of evoking the fear of the wee owlets as they wait, and their exuberant joy upon mama's return. They are a perfect companion to Waddell's writing.
Waddell makes good use of parallelism. After a couple of readings, if you're child is verbal, expect her to be wailing "I want my mommy!" right along with you and baby Bill. Also, despite the brevity and simple vocabulary, one gets a real sense of the different personalities of the owl babies. As children's literature goes, this is a masterpiece.
Concurring with several other reviewers, I would agree that this is a great book to share with your kids if any of them suffer from separation anxiety.
The pictures are wonderful. Unlike most other birds, owls lay their eggs 2-3 days apart so the babies hatch on different days and thus are different sizes. My kids love how there is an oldest, a middle, and a youngest owl. They also like how the oldest tries to reassure the younger ones, and how the youngest always says the same thing.
The pale-yellow type on black is also neat, reminding kids that owls are nocturnal birds. The information says this book is for ages 3-7 but we read this to our kids before they were 2 and they loved it then and still love it now.
My 5 year old loves this book -- the repetition allows him to read parts of the story himself -- he has great delight in repeating Baby Owl's lines throughout the story.
Trust the reviews from parents with children who read this book together!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a household favorite and one of my go-to baby shower gifts. We love the different personalities of each little owl and the reassurance of a mama's love at the end makes it... Read morePublished 28 days ago by krider
The drawings in this book of large and adorable. I read it to my 5 year old before reading it to my class of 1 year olds and he loved it. It is now a go to book for bedtime.Published 1 month ago by crystal
Love this book my daughter loved it as a child and now my granddaughter loves it alsoPublished 2 months ago by Patricia Wilde
I love this book. My kids want me to read it every night. It is a very cute story. I was very pleased with the delivery and quality of the book. I recommend to buy.Published 2 months ago by Jenifer