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Owl Babies Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Waddell, Martin, Benson, Patrick (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0763617105     ISBN-13: 9780763617103
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2002
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Annotation: Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone. They start to get worried and hear strange noises all night long. But when Mom returns, she has something they all want. Illustrations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Owls; Fiction.
Mother and child; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2007027684
Academic/Grade Level: Babies, Ages 0-2
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.25" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 23502
Reading Level: 2.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q08831
Reading Level: 1.7   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
A tender tale 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? Stunning illustrations from striking perspectives capture the anxious little owls as they worry. Not surprisingly, joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greet the mother's return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1997)
A truncated version of an excellent picture book for preschoolers (in which three baby owls reassure one another while waiting for their mother to return) squeezes too much text on each spread, destroying the pace of the original and demanding too much of the board-book audience. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 April #5)
Three worried owlets wait for their mother to return from her night flight. PW said, 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 book. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1996 October #2)
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.) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1992 December)
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 Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.
 
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