"Owl Babies - Martin Waddell.
This is a book about three baby owls that wake one night to the unknown absence of Owl Mother. Sarah (the oldest) Percy (middle child) and Bill (the youngest) are all astonished to find her absent. Sarah and Percy discuss where she might have gone, while Bill is very upset and just cries that he wants his mum; ‘I want my Mummy’. Eventually the three owls venture outside their hole in the tree and perch on a branch and a piece of ivy. It is evident throughout the story that the older two owls begin very confident of their mothers return, while Bill just wails of Owl Mothers absence. However, as the story develops it is apparent that Sarah and Percy also begin to doubt their mothers return and begin to worry. All is resolved when, in the distance, all three owls spot Owl Mother returning and become overjoyed. The story concludes with Percy and Sarah denying they ever doubted Owl Mothers return.
I really enjoyed this book as I found the story very engaging at story time. It is perfect for key stage one and early years. The children really enjoyed the repetition of the lines ‘I want my Mummy’ and ‘the Owls thought (all Owls thinks a lot)’ and were all able to join in. The illustrations were very vivid and life-like so the children loved when they were shown the pictures. The story was also quite informational as it explained where the owls lived, the bedding which they used (twigs, leaves and owl feathers) and also what they like to eat. There is a lovely use of onomatopoeia in this story when Mother Owl returns; she ‘Swooped’ through the trees. This is also a lovely story for guided reading in Key stage one.
" Mary said.
"The story Owl babies written by Martin Waddell is about 3 siblings whose mother leaves them in the night and how they all feel. I read this story when I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a nursery class and we focused on this book for a week and created some fun activities around the story. I think this book a great book for children at that age because it has many repetitive phrases which the children pick up on and at the end they are able to join in with the story. Also I read this book at the beginning of the school year where many children where still settling in within the nursery and this book was able to relate to how some of the children on how they were feeling. This is because the little owl 'Bill' always says "I want my mummy" which a lot of the nursery children also were saying, but at the end of the story it gives children the reassurance that their mummy will always come back.
Some of the activities that I did with the children were reading the story and getting the children to complete the sentences and I also asked questions to them such as 'why were the owl scared?'. Another activity was were I had a lot of mini owl babies pictures printed and cut out and I would put 4 owls on one tree and say 'how many owls are on the tree?' and the children would have to count each owl and find the answer. This Maths activity could be changed according to the ability of the child by making it harder or easier. The final activity I did with the children was role play were some children where the owls and the other children would say the story while they act it out.
Overall it is a great book and I think it can be used as guided reading within the EYFS and KS1 or just as story on the book shelf." Tharema Alim said.
" Nothing but love for this wonderful story of 3 baby owl, who awake to find their mother is missing. My daughter memorized this beautiful story of the mother and child bond. " Sheila said.
" Three very cute and cuddly (and slightly anxious) owl babies wake up to find their Owl Mother gone! Sarah, Percy, and Bill (the babies), each weigh in with where they think she's gone and what they think they should do. The illustrations are beautifully done, with a lot of contrast between the dark forest at night and the colorful area immediately surrounding the babies. Gentle humor and a reunion with mom at the end make for a comforting and delightful read. " Sarah said.
"This is a GREAT book! Forget all those sugar-coated nature stories for babies. This is the story of 3 little baby owls who are alone on their branch at night. In the dark. Waiting for their mommy. Where is she? She is out hunting for dinner--mice. Very beautiful drawings of the little owls and their mom. Max has this book in NYC so I read it for Emerson earlier this year. Today, at the library there was a very nice owl display put up by one of the librarians. All books about owls (and little owl figurines) and I saw this book and checked it out. " Emerson and Theodore said.
"‘Owl Babies’ By Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson
I first read this book with a year 2 class, who, at the time were looking at different nocturnal animals. I thought this book would be a great addition to help them learn and understand the topic being taught.
It’s a lovely story about three baby owls, Sarah, Percy, Bill and their mother. One night the three baby owls wake up to find that their mother isn’t there. They all come out of their house and sit on branches on the tree. They sit there re-assuring themselves that mummy will be back soon.
The children really found it amusing every time Bill said, “I want my mummy!” and they would laugh each time it was repeated. A great entertaining book for EYFS and KS1 children with amazing illustrations that really stand out on a dark background, very cleverly done by the illustrator. This is definitely one of the best picture books I have read to children.
" Shoeb Narot said.
"Every year in the fall our combined editors organize a special week in which they promote children's books. A lot of activities and special attention is given at schools. It's also a promotion to get children to read more. Every year there is a special theme. This book went with the theme: Birds and other animals.
As I love reading I volunteered at school to promote this theme among the collegues. In a workshop I saw this picture book. An actor was reading and playing the text. I loved it so much that in the past years I always remembered this book and especially the quote: "Mammie moet komen, piepte kleine Wim. (Mommy must come, squeaked little William - translated with Google). That quote is repeated on almost every page, which made the story so sweet and nice.
This year I finally decided to buy the book and have fun.
I had time to watch the dvd which comes with the book. Lovely. Text as in the book and the main characters: Sara, Peter and little William and Mother Owl move along the backdrop of their home forest. " Sylvia said.
" Read Owl babies to the nursery children . All the children started to count the owls and every time baby owl cried "I want mummy" All of the children joined in. The children were highly engaged and interacted with the text to a high degree. This book was an excellent book to read to the children, they started to use their skills of repetition, they are building their literacy skills and there was an element of mathematics involved as well. Great stuff!! " Shenaz Begum said.