Owl Babies Board book – 1 Oct 1996
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This Big Book edition is perfect for sharing with groups of young readers.
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
"Touchingly beautiful... Drawn with exquisite delicacy... The perfect picture book."' The Guardian "Universal and very successful. It's very reassuring for small children." BBC Radio's Treasure Islands --This text refers to an alternate Board book edition.See all Product Description
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The book has a lovely rhythm to it, although it is not written in poetry form. It's more like a song, with a few gentle rhythmical lines, then one which cuts the rhythm and draws the child's attention, which is excellent for young heads and short attention spans. There are also a few rhymes thrown in which get caught up in the rhythm, and one particular rhyming couplet which is repeated throughout:
"The little owls thought -All owls think a lot"
Which is something for children to hang onto throughout the story. They can also learn to anticipate the second line and eventually join in.
The characters in the book are good too. As the Mother Owl is the only "grown-up" she can be replaced with "Granny Owl" or "Daddy Owl" as appropriate for your child and their main carer, or whoever they might identify this character with. The book is an excellent starting point for discussion with little ones, especially if they are worried about being left somewhere new, like school, nursery, or even at home with a baby-sitter when Mum goes out.
The three owls themselves each have different characters, and adults can easily change the names to match those of the young listeners. In the book, Sarah is the one who seems to look after the other two, so she is probably the older sister (or brother, if you call her Sam, like we do!).
Percy is a little bit younger, and looks up to Sarah for reassurance. I always read Percy with a high squeaky voice which goes down well with the bairns.Read more ›
I liked this story because some parts were funny like when they jumped up and down on the branch when their Mum came back.
I would recommend this story to people who are under five years old because they would like the pictures because some of the pictures are funny.
Teachers/parents - This is a fab book to use with children who are feeling scared, or who are worried when their parents or care givers leave. In a reception class this would be a great book to use at the start of term when children are just starting school to make them realise that indeed they will not be living in school and that they will be going back to home that evening with their parents. It can offer reassurance!
Themes: emotions, overcoming fears, scared, returning from journeys, reassurance, owls, night time, Martin Waddell author day, families.
- Children could discuss and then depending on their ability, write or draw pictures of what they are scared of. They could then add information about how they may resolve that issue for example if they are scared of a monster under the bed then they could write a letter to that monster asking them to leave.
- Children could link this in with a topic about night life. They could look do a fact file about owls, foxes etc. They could go into detail and learn about owl pellets (we did that when in year5/6).
- Children could think of something they could give the owls to help reassure them e.g. what toy they would give up to someone who was upset.
- Children could link this in with a topic all about me and families. They could look at how family member may look similar or different to each other and then with other families.
- Children could discuss or write a story about where mother owl had gone to - what did she see? Did she feel scared? How did she feel leaving her three babies? How did she feel when she came back to them?
This review is for the 1994/Walker Books paperback edition.
Larger size width, half height paperback with 32 high quality shiny pages in the popular 2-page spread format. Beautifully illustrated throughout, by Patrick Benson.
From the back cover:-
'On a tree in the woods. Three baby owls, Sarah and Percy and Bill, sit and think and wait for their Owl Mother to come home.'
"Touchingly beautiful....Drawn with exquisite delicacy...The perfect picture book....." The Guardian'
And the pictures are indeed wonderful, set in darker colours to represent the night time light.
Meaningful facial expressions add to the atmosphere and the story has a repeat element in the lines:-
(all owls think a lot)
"I want my mummy!" said Bill.
Clear light coloured text on the dark background with emphasised in places in capitalization or italics.
In my opinion, this book is particularly well set out with the text always being on the left hand page, so the younger reader is naturally drawn there on the turn of the page!
Example of text:-
'One night they woke up and their Owl Mother was GONE.
"Where's Mummy?" asked Sarah?
"Oh my goodness!" said Percy.
"I want my Mummy!" said Bill.
The baby owls thought
(all owls think a lot) -
"I think she`s gone hunting," said Sarah.
"To get us our food!" said Percy.
"I want my Mummy!" said Bill.......'
It is dark in the wood, so the three baby owls bravely stick together, sitting on Sarah's branch, as they ponder their Mum's absence.
All is well that ends well as Mummy swoops back to three excited owls 'flapping and dancing and bouncing up and down' on their branch!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 2 year old daughter loves this book! She tells me their names and likes it when mummy owl returns at the end. She has an interest in darkness and nocturnal animals too .Published 11 days ago by Lea
At first this book seems quite sad, my 2 year old defiantly seemed upset that Mamma had gone away, however after reading it a few times and realising Mamma comes back the book... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Aly
Kind of a lame story with repetitive language. Cute pictures though.Published 1 month ago by maryapple
Fantastic story to help young children understand that parents do return. Although very young children may get upset at first until they get to the end of the story.Published 1 month ago by Starlight
Such. Good book for under 5s. My daughter absolutely loves it and it's easy to follow so will try and pretend to read back to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jappi