Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Owl Babies is a warm, sweetly sympathetic story that is particularly apt for children who are experiencing some form of separation anxiety.

In this book, three baby owls — Sarah (the big sister), Percy (the middle child) and Bill (the baby), each with his/her own distinct personality and voice — wake up in the middle of the night to find their mother gone from the nest.

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What ensues is an interesting depiction of sibling dynamics where, while all three are anxious about their mother’s absence, the two older siblings try to comfort their youngest brother (and themselves) with plausible explanations and generally banding together.

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Of course, when their mother eventually returns to the nest, to the trio’s joy and relief, she reassures them gently but firmly that she will always come home to them, and that there is no need for them to panic. (Although, to be honest, it’s probably natural to worry about your loved ones at least a little, even if it seems irrational.)

The striking illustrations of the owls in their nocturnal milieu add to the mystery surrounding the mommy owl’s disappearance, while the relatable storyline, repetitive sentences and predictable structure of the text help to make the book engaging for a wide age group and lend itself well to repeat readings.

p.s. Don’t miss the adorable animation below:

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4 thoughts on “Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

  1. Did you ever read Rumor Godden’s “Mouse House”, where a little mouse has to find a place to sleep for the night away from her siblings and winds up in a doll’s house for toy mice! Somehow, this owl book made me think of Bonnie Mouse.
    Cheers, Annabelle

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