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Owl Babies Paperback – 8 Sep 1994
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A charming, reassuring book for any child who has ever worried about Mummy leaving them alone, Owl Babies is a beautifully illustrated and exquisitely executed picture book to warm the cockles of the heart.
As three adorable Owl chicks sit on a branch in the woods their fears and concerns become very real as they worry that their mum may not return. The striking, dark yet somehow comforting illustrations cleverly enhance their mood as they sit, waiting and thinking, until finally all is well again. Enchanting, divinely different and ultimately reassuring, Owl Babies is a dream of a book. (Ages 2 to 5) --Susan Harrison
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Touchingly beautiful ... Drawn with exquisite delicacy ... The perfect picture book. * The Guardian * Stories about home-alone baby animals don't come more appealing than this. * Daily Mail * A perfect bedtime story. * The Irish Times * Waddell's stories treat the fears of the very small with wit and sensitivity ... Benson's pictures are outstanding. * The Independent on Sunday * Clever paper engineering. I love the way the baby owls' eyes move and the impressive pop up owl and her three flapping youngsters. Celebrating 21 years of this well-loved tale, this is a charming book for the very young -- Caroline Franklin * Newbury News Weekly * This beautiful board book edition is perfect for little hands. * Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading * "This sweet tale is great for introducing the concept of emotions and feelings." * The Sun *See all Product description
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I bought it because I remember a teacher reading it to my class in my first year of school and remember loving the story and wanted to share it with my son. I wasn't traumatised by the Owl Mother's disappearance or even Percy's concern at one point in the story that a fox 'got' their Owl Mother which other reviewers have mentioned, but liked the happy ending.
My son is only 4 months old, but I wanted to get into the routine of bedtime reading early, and he seems to listen and looks at the pictures. It's one that we'll keep and continue to read in the coming years as he gets older.
The illustrations are lovely and it's a nice story for 'doing voices' when reading aloud to children - the baby owls Sarah, Percy and Bill all comment in turn on each page and it's nice to do a different voice for each of the baby owls. I also like the repetition of Bill's 'I want my Mummy' throughout the story, which becomes 'I love my Mummy' at the end when the Owl Mother returns to the baby owls. It makes the story memorable for children, and older children might enjoy joining in and reading Bill's line.
A lovely bedtime story for young children.
Its a great book, isnt too long so little ones don't loose interest, and us parents don't mind reading it 15 times in a row ;) Lovely story to make you smile :)
It's been useful also trying to make her understand why some kids in her school have only mothers and no father- single mother concept as there is no papa owl in the book!