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Owl Babies Hardcover – October 1, 1992
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2 yrs. ISBN 1-56402-965-4, Oct.)
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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
Love this book! Whether in a classroom with young children who are missing their mothers or a child at home, all children can relate to this tale of a mother gone missing and the... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by D. Mccabe
While I'm still not sold on the blue background replacing the orignal black, this copy is similar to the hardcover edition we had growing up, however it is more compact and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Liv&Spencer
Super read aloud for your kindergarten classroom. It's a good choice for the beginning of the year when students may be a little afraid. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kindergarten teacher
Had this book when I was little in Spanish and my mom read it to me every day and I got this for my kids in English and I read it to them every night. They love it!Published 2 months ago by Stephanie perez