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Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait. Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does, and they joyously w... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780744563139
Barcode 9780744563139
Published 1 April 1998 by Walker Books
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Waddell, Martin
Illustrated by Benson, Patrick
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ISBN-13 9780744563139
ISBN-10 0744563135
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Walker Books
Imprint Walker Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 April 1998
International Publication Date 11 February 1998
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Waddell, Martin
Illustrated by Benson, Patrick
Category Picture Books / Young Children's books
Baby & Toddler Books
Big Books Picture books
General Picture Books
Animal Stories
Animals
Picture Books with CDs
Babies & Children
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 425mm
Height: 375mm
Spine: 5mm
Weight 575g
Interest Age 1-5 years
Reading Age 1-5 years
Library of Congress Owls - Pictorial works - Juvenile fiction, Pictorial works, Juvenile fiction
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code NZ505349

Description of this Book

Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait. Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does, and they joyously welcome her home.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Waddell's stories treat the fears of the very small with wit and sensitivity ... Benson's pictures are outstanding. The Independent on Sunday Stories about home-alone baby animals don't come more appealing than this. Daily Mail
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
US Review Three little white owls perch outside their cozy nest, wishing Mother would come home. In Waddell's simple, repetitive, carefully fashioned text, each is unique: Sarah, the largest, makes comforting remarks; Percy seconds them, but doubtfully; while little Bill just keeps saying, I want my mommy! Owl Mother does come, of course: WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS? You knew I'd come back. Benson's soft, wide-eyed birds - rendered in delicate pen strokes touched with gentle color that makes the dramatic, dark night seem appropriately awesome - are perfect stand-ins for wise little toddlers who also know Mom will turn up - but still can't help wondering. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Born in Belfast, Martin Waddell was an aspiring football player for many years, before turning his hand to writing. He is now widely regarded as one of the greatest living children's writers, and has over 220 published titles to his name. He is perhaps best known for Owl Babies, illustrated by Patrick Benson and Farmer Duck, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; as well as the 1989 Kurt Maschler Award-winning The Park in the Dark and the Little Bear series, both illustrated by Barbara Firth. In 2004, Martin received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his lasting contribution to children's literature, the highest career recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children's books. He lives in Newcastle, County Durham. Patrick Benson has won many awards for his work, including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award. He gained great acclaim for his illustrations in Owl Babies, which has sold over two million copies worldwide, and went on to illustrate The MinPins by Roald Dahl, The Little Boat by Kathy Henderson, The Sea-Thing Child by Russell Hoban and, most recently, Soon by Timothy Knapman. He lives in Hawick, Scotland.

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