Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

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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.
 

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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.Patrick Benson enlarged his technique of cross-hatching for the illustrations of OWL BABIES so that it would have "a more graphic image — rather like a woodcut." Patrick Benson is also the illustrator of THE LITTLE BOAT by Kathy Henderson and LET THE LYNX COME IN by Jonathan London.
 
Published December 21, 2012 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Three little white owls perch outside their cozy nest, wishing Mother would come home.

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Three little white owls perch outside their cozy nest, wishing Mother would come home.

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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

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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 fluff

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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."

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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.

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Curious Book Fans

As I have two girls I can use this book to talk about how they can look after each other too – my older daughter loves to look after her little sister just like Sarah and Percy look after Bill!.

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Shelf Awareness

For children struggling with separation anxiety, this tale of three baby owls will
give them great comfort. Sarah, Percy, and Bill are three owl babies who live with
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