Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Book - 1992
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The bay owls came out of their house,
and they sat on the tree and waited.
A big branch for Sarah, a small branch for Percy,
and an old piece of ivy for Bill.

When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations from unique and striking perspectives capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? 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.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1992.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781564021014
Branch Call Number: j P FAVORITE WADDELL
Characteristics: [32] pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Benson, Patrick


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Sarah, Percy and Little Bill wait anxiously for their mother to return home. Little Bill especially misses his mom. What joy when she returns!!

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Sep 27, 2017

This is a great books to read to preschoolers. It has simple text, beautiful illustrations, and a reassuring ending. Each of the three baby owls has a distinct personality.

Mar 15, 2017

Such a delightfully cute book . Great illustrations also .

VaughanPLUrszula Jan 13, 2017

This book is a modern classic for a reason. It’s a dramatic, yet simple telling of a story every child can relate to: waking up in the dark, finding mother is gone, and then the questions that arise from this situation. The art form of the picture book is realized here, with the use of carefully chosen text and beautiful illustrations combined for full effect. It's one of my all-time favourites.

Jan 09, 2017

So so cute!!!!

Dec 27, 2016

This is a fairly basic story about three sibling owls waiting for their mother to return from a night of hunting. The illustrations were nice, however the story was not terribly exciting.

Mariangela_S Feb 11, 2016

Three sibling owls wait for Mom to return from hunting. Children will empathize with the youngest, Bill, as he expresses "I want my Mommy!"

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Sarah, Percy and Bill are baby owls who are missing their mother. This is a reassuring, delightful story for young children.

Oct 07, 2015

The audio is a great addition to a sweet story.


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Dec 27, 2016

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and under


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Dec 27, 2016

Three owls are living with thier mother in a hole in a tree. One night the mother owl goes out hunting and the three sibling owls are left at home. Sarah, Percy, and Bill. Sarah seems to be brave, Percy follows along, and Bill always wants his mother. Eventually the mother owl comes home and all is well.


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