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Owl Babies

16 Jul

 

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Author   Martin Waddell
Cover artist / illustrator:  Patrick Benson
Genre:  Children’s picture book
PublisherWalker Books
Publication date: first published in 1975, my book is dated  1992
Table of contents:  Pages 15,  326 words! ( ages:  2- 7 yrs)

Story:

  • Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone.
  • This book captured my heart.
  • The sheer terror, fear in the  eyes of the owl babies  is palpable.

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Martin Waddell (1941, Belfast Northern Ireland )  is a prize winning children’s book author. He revealed that basis of this book. One day he saw a small child standing in the supermarket . He had lost his mommy. Big round eyes, body stiffened with terror he could only say: “I want my mummy’. Waddell knew he had a story.  Some picture books take years to write, this one took only 3 hours!

 

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Patrick Benson’s illustrations are the ‘crowning touch’  in the book. He went to the exclusive  Eton and studied  classical drawing in Florence followed by a foundation year at Chelsea Art School. His talents are visible in this book.

  • Strong point:  text and illustration are so beautifully  integrated  that you are wondering what wonderful illustration will be on the next page?
  • Strong point:  dubble  page illustration to emphasize  the ‘big event’  in the story.

Conclusion:

It is such a touching story and the illustrations bring it to life! Sometimes I find myself just gazing at the book and smiling at Percy, Sarah and Bill. Children who learn to love books and reading often start with picture books. ( reaction to Cleo’ remarks)

It is so relaxing to read children’s literature. Often I try to pinpoint my ‘first reaction’, does it bring back memories? does it still teach me as an adult an important lesson? Writers and illustrators are so interesting to discover and learn about.

Sometimes we just get so wrapped up in classics, fiction, bio’s and non-fiction that we forget to take a step back and read …..as children do! ( reaction to Louise’s  remarks)

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9 Comments

Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

9 responses to “Owl Babies

  1. Cleo @ Classical Carousel

    July 16, 2014 at 16:28

    After reading your review I went and ordered this book from the library. It sounds like a lovely book and very appropriate for our circumstances. My daughter found a baby crow on the ground about 5 days ago and has been feeding it ever since. Fortunately the parents are still around and we’re hoping that it will fly away soon. We are praying that a predator doesn’t get to it before then.

     
    • N@ncy

      July 16, 2014 at 17:00

      It is such a touching story and the illustrations bring it to life! Sometimes I find myself just gazing at the book and smiling at Percy, Sarah and Bill. Children who learn to love books and reading often start with picture books. Good luck with the little bird,,..

       
  2. Louise Minervino

    July 16, 2014 at 17:55

    I’ll have to find this at the library. I should read more children’s lit. The art work can be first class. This one looks like a real find and an important story for kids.

     
    • N@ncy

      July 16, 2014 at 18:09

      It is so relaxing to read children’s literature. Often I try to pinpoint my ‘first reaction’, does it bring back memories? does it still teach me as an adult an important lesson? Writers and illustrators are so interesting to discover and learn about. Sometimes we just get so wrapped up in classics, fiction, bio’s and non-fiction that we forget to take a step back and read …..as children do!

       
  3. Col

    July 18, 2014 at 10:25

    My daughter adored this book when she was little. We had it on book, on video and on a CD in the car. To be honest we lived with the owl babies for about 9 months!

     
    • N@ncy

      July 18, 2014 at 11:03

      Percy, Sarah and Bill are beloved members of many families! I grew up with “The Little Engine that Could ( 1930) . The story is used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work. Mom and Dad were pushing the “puritan work ethic” !

       
      • Col

        July 18, 2014 at 11:44

        I think because she loved it we were just pushing the “peace and quiet for 5 minutes ethic!”

         
  4. N@ncy

    July 18, 2014 at 11:53

    The voice of ‘parental’ experience….:))

     
  5. TracyK

    July 19, 2014 at 07:21

    Absolutely gorgeous illustrations in this book. I did not think I had read it but that last picture looks familiar. Oh Well, we read many, many books to my son when he was young so maybe I have seen it. We have a small collection of illustrated books for children (and the not so young) that we bought when my one was young.

     

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