Owl Babies

Owl Babies

by Martin Waddell, Patrick Benson

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“There aren’t many ‘baby books’ that convey this kind of emotional richness supported by a perfect artistic form.” — Washington Post Book World

Features an audio read-along! When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763662844
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 494,563
File size: 21 MB
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Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Martin Waddell wanted Owl Babies to capture the "strong emotion of ‘I want my mommy!’” that is so familiar to children. Martin Waddell is the author of more than one hundred books for young readers. He lives in England.

Patrick Benson has won many awards for his illustrations, including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kurt Maschler Award. He has worked with such luminaries as Roald Dahl and Russell Hoban, and his picture book with Martin Waddell, Owl Babies, is a classic with more than 12 million copies in print. Patrick Benson lives in Scotland.

“Each of my picture books,” says Martin Waddell, “is about a very big emotion—like loneliness, fear of the dark, or compassion—in a very small person.” He is especially attuned to the feelings of small people because of a traumatic event that gave his own life an unexpected turn. When a bomb explosion in a Belfast church in 1969 left Martin Waddell seriously injured, his wife returned to teaching while he stayed home to care for their young children. “The writing part of me died for a time,” says the author, who had been a successful writer of thrillers for adults. “I became Mr. Mom. What I didn’t know was that I was sitting on the richest vein of ideas.”

From that life-changing experience came Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? illustrated by Barbara Firth, “the most perfect children’s book ever written or illustrated,” according to London’s Sunday Times. The acclaimed bestseller became the first in a series of Big and Little Bear stories, tender tales that ease a child’s fears—of scary noises or “the dark all around us”—with the ultimate reassurance.

Honored with the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his important and lasting contribution to children’s literature, Martin Waddell has now written more than 100 books for children and young adults, many of them linked by what he calls “loving relationships between ‘big’ and ‘small.’” Among them are Owl Babies, a gentle antidote to a child’s fear of abandonment; Farmer Duck, a funny fable about justice in the farmyard; Who Do You Love?, a playful story that encourages children to remember the people dearest to them; and Tiny’s Big Adventure, the tale of a wee mouse that captures all the excitement and trepidation of a first-time experience.

Over the years Martin Waddell has worked closely with many outstanding illustrators, including Helen Oxenbury, Patrick Benson, John Lawrence, and, of course, Barbara Firth. As he notes, “When the artist has done his or her job correctly, a lot of energy is transferred to the pictures and you don’t need superfluous words.” But he believes that an equally important collaborator in the success of his books is the reader. A picture book is “a script for a performance to a very personally involved audience that wants to stop, ask questions, look, and point things out,” he says. “My books are written for that special island of time at the end of the day. They are for parents and children to share.”

Martin Waddell lives with his wife in Northern Ireland.

I was born in 1956 in Rogate, Hampshire, the United Kingdom. I am the youngest of four children. I was educated at Eton College and studied art at the Studio of Nerina Simi in Florence, Chelsea School of Art, and St. Martins School of Art. I now live in the Scottish Borders with my partner and son.

Since 1982 I have been working on children’s books. I have illustrated numerous titles amongst which Owl Babies with Martin Waddell has been the most successful. I also was the illustrator for Roald Dahl’s last published book, The Minpins.

My first series of books, The Hob Stories, written by William Mayne, won the Mother Goose Award. My illustrations for The Sea-Thing Child (written by Russell Hoban) won the Kurt Maschler award for illustration, and Mole And Baby Bird won a Christopher award.

Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:

At first I worked in the fashion industry; then a chance meeting with Mirabel Cecil, the journalist and sister of children book publisher Sebastian Walker, opened the way for a career in illustration.I have traveled extensively, sometimes with a fishing rod in my hand. I enjoy anything to do with the countryside and have 26 acres: plenty of room for the 2 horses, 7 sheep, 2 dogs, 36 chickens, 2 guinea fowl, and a guinea pig named Bodger!

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Owl Babies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
onlygranny More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 2 year old granddaughter. She loved the baby owl and chimed in when the littlest owl said I want my mommy!. She too understands that Mommy will be back when she goes to work or on vacation. This book is a good reinforcement of that fact.
adrianneosmus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Owl Babies is a book about three owl babies and their mother. The mother owl left the nest and the three babies were all worried about where their mother went. Two of the owls know their mother will come back but the other owl cries "I want my mommy". Mother owl comes back and explains how much she loves them and that she would never leave them.This is a really cute book. It shows even though all three owls have the same mom, they all have individual personalities. This would be a good book to teach the students that everyone is different in person and their thoughts.You could talk about owls and how they live. They could draw an tree with on owl family in it. They could also collect things from outside and make a nest like what owls live in.
iBeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three little owls help console each other while they wait for their Owl Mama to return. My kids have outgrown the book but I still see them reading it sometimes. I'll be keeping this book for (I hope) grandkids.
DianaHarger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes place in the outdoor setting, up in a hole in the trunk of a tree. Three baby owls, and their mother all live together. The story comes to a climax when the momma owl leaves. All the baby owls miss her. Two of them make logical reasons for why the mother left, while the third owl can only say " I want my mommy!". The story concludes with the mother owl coming back The two owls knew of course that she would come back, the third owl says, " I love my mommy!".This book reminds me of my own children. Anytime I leave to go somewhere without my boys, they always miss me, and when I get back I am always greeted with love.Some extention ideas for this story would be to talk to the students about their feelings when someone special leaves to go somewhere. Another idea would be to have different students read the parts of the baby owls, Sarah, Percy, and Bill.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a good little book - mom is gone, the kids worry, mom comes back and everybody is happy.But I really can't get the kids to show very much interest in it, and I don't often choose it to read either.
sammimag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd forgotten ths book. Both of mine loved this as I also enjoyed reading to them too when they were little. About a family of owls and an owl mother and their love for each other.
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"I want my mommy!" I always pause and let my 2-year-old say Bill's line. This one is too cute! I love it!
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Baby owls, with names, wake up and realize their mother is gone. The youngest worries most of all. It is not clear that the mother ever told them that she was going out; very irresponsible on her part if that is so. The book is dark; it takes place at night. I was not reassured by the mother's return at the end that all is right with the world. The book would not be something I would choose to read aloud.
lweddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just need to say that Bill, the baby owl, ROCKS!
eburkham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about three little owls that wake up one morning and their mommy is gone. As they try to do different things the youngest owl keeps saying that she wants her mommy. The owls are worried sick until the mother finally returns.This book was very cute. It made me think about how my own children say mommy so many times some days that I tell them that is no longer my name. They will try other versions of mommy until they figure out what version of mommy I¿m going by for that day. Extension Ideas:I would have my students write a thank you card to their mom or special caregiver that they may take for granted at times. I would also have my students draw a picture of their family, or of the children in their family.
LindseyBallard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book about three little owlets that wait for their mother to return. Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can¿t help but wonder where she is. They are worried sick and thoughts are racing through their mind. All they can say is "I want my mommy." Will she ever return?This story was fun because it gets the whole class involved. It can relate to student's at a young age because they are constantly saying, " I want my mommy." This could be a great book for the first day of school or when a child becomes home-sick. I thought this book was pretty cute.The student's could break into groups of five and write their own story about someone or something that wants to find their mommy. Beginning, middle and end could be emphasized when doing this writing assignment as well as punctuation. They could look up Nocturnal animals and define them. List which animals are and which ones are their favorite and why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So so so so so cute!!!!!!!
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My 2.5 year old loves it, and it has prompted role playing of me taking her to pretend school and then swooping in to get her, a recommended activity from a friend. Very recommended, and conversation started to help prepare for preschool
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Wonderful story and images! Parents and children alike love it!
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This is a very sweet story with some good repetition. My 12 month old son enjoys it and likes looking at the pictures of the owls.
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This is a favorite with children. It is an excellent read-aloud for shared reading. Children love it!
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dadoftwo25 More than 1 year ago
Three little owls do the best they can together until mom sows up again. Makes for an anxious time before the happy ending. A really adorable story and realistic character emotions. Your kids will enjoy this one.
snugthejoiner More than 1 year ago
My son loves the story and gets very excited when owl mother returns. The illustrations are beautiful. A very nice piece of work.