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Owl Babies

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  9,209 ratings  ·  449 reviews
The bay owls came out of their house,
and they sat on the tree and waited.
A big branch for Sarah, a small branch for Percy,
and an old piece of ivy for Bill.

When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations from unique and striking perspectives capture the owls as they worry about their mother: Wha
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 1975)
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Dale Harcombe
Anyone who knows me knows I adore owls, so I was delighted when this book arrived on my desk.
The three baby owls with their lemon fluffy chick feathers and confused looks are as are cute as they can be. Once there were three baby owls: Sarah and Percy and Bill, the story begins. The three owls live in the hollow of a tree with mother owl. The illustration of mother owl leaning over her chicks is gorgeous.
But then disaster strikes. One night the owl babies wake up and mother owl is gone. The thr
May 21, 2015 Caroline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Caroline by: Kirsty
A wonderful story about three baby owls who wake up to find that their mother is not in the nest. Baby owl Bill keeps say "I want my mummy", but the other two are more philosophical about her absence, saying that she is probably out hunting and will come back. They step out of the nest into the big dark wood to wait for her, and baby owl Sarah suggests they share a branch together, which is more cosy. Quite soon, mama owl flies back - reassuring them that although she goes away, of course she wi ...more
Once there were three little owl babies. There were two brothers and one sister. The lived in a hollow tree with their mommy. One night they awoke and their mother was gone. The babies waited inside the tree for a very long time then came outside to look for her. The three began to miss her very much, especially Bill. They knew they all had to be brave. They sat closer and closer together. They thought a lot and closed their eyes wishing their mommy would return soon. And, she did. The owl babie ...more
Owl babies is a lovely story about three owls Sarah, penny and Bill who wake up to find that their mother is gone from their nest. Bill cries for mummy while the other two owls comfort him and reassure him that mother owl will be back. Each of the three owls have their own individual personality. Sarah is the wise one, Penny the middle one tries to be brave and Bill who is the baby who is in need of his mother the most. when mother owl returns after hunting the owls realise that there is nothing ...more
Shoeb Narot
‘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
Nancy Burns
It is just 15 pages long and 326 words....but it still gets 5 stars!

My review:
Sofyia Ali
This is a great book which could support teachers to settle young children into school or nursery. It is about 3 siblings discovering their owl mother has disappeared and are left in a scary forest. The siblings provide each other with comfort and support. The baby owl repeats the well known phrase, 'I want my mummy', which can relate to settling in periods, where children who are left in a nursery/school for the first time they may also repeat this phrase. Fortunately the owl mother does come b ...more
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 ...more
Hassan Ali
Book Review 8- Owl Babies – Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

This book is very popular. It is about three owl babies (Sarah, Percy and Bill) who are all sitting on a branch in the dark woods. Their mother is not with them and they start to worry and get upset that she may not return. It makes the readers wonder about the whereabouts of the mother and you are left guessing if she will return to her children or not. This book is visually mysterious and pictures and text are in line with the theme
Francesca Porter
This is a great book about 3 baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill. The three babies are in a tree awaiting the return of their mother. At first they think she has just gone hunting, however, the longer the night goes on the more worried they become by her absence what may have happened to her. At the end of the book the mother comes back to them, bringing food, and is confused as to why they are all of a fluster, telling them how silly they have been. Some beautiful illustrations to go alongside the ...more
Erin R
This book is a sweet tale about three owl babies that wake up in the night to find that their mother is not home with them. Through the simple and repetitive structure of the story, two of the babies start wondering and brainstorming about where their mother could be and when their mother is coming back, while one baby can only keep saying how much he just wants his mother. As the babies go outside to wait for her in the night, their mother soon returns and reassures them that she will always co ...more
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.
Shenaz Begum
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!!
A very sweet and reassuring story of three baby owls, who, one night wake up to find their mother owl has disappeared. The story continues as they are sat up in the trunk of a tree which is their home, waiting for their mother owl to return. As the three baby owls sit there in complete despair, waiting and hoping for their mother to return home really soon, they think of some possibilities as to where ‘mummy’ has gone...

Early years children absolutely love this book! As there are some repetitiv
Laura Dowsett
This was my all time favourite book as a young child and so I delighted in reading it to the reception class I was in during SEB.

It's a story about three owl siblings who awake one night to find that their Mother is not there (she has gone out hunting). The owl babies are upset that their Mother is not there and go outside their nest to wait on a branch, hoping for their Mother to return. The Mother owl does eventually return to the nest and the owl babies.

Although not written in rhyme, the bo
Michael Hollingsworth
Sarah, Percy and Bill are three baby owls who wake up in the middle of the night to find out their mother has disappeared. Bill, who is the youngest, is frightened because he doesn’t know where his mother is. However he is comforted by Sarah and Percy who reassure him that she is out finding them food and will return shortly. They sit together and all wish for their mother to come home. When mother owl returns all the babies feel calm and comforted.
The book is enjoyable because the characters ar
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
Sarah, Percy and Bill are three baby owls who wake up in the middle of the night to find out their mother has disappeared. Bill, who is the youngest, is frightened because he doesn’t know where his mother is. However he is comforted by Sarah and Percy who reassure him that she is out finding them food and will return shortly. They sit together and all wish for their mother to come home. When mother owl returns all the babies feel calm and comforted.
Children in a nursery or reception setting can
This is a book about three baby owls Sarah, Percy and Bill, who awake one night to find that their mother has gone. Bill, the youngest, is frightened and wants his mummy. Sarah and Percy reassure him that she is out hunting and will return shortly. They sit together on one branch and comfort each other until mummy comes back and asks them what all the fuss was about, very heart warming!
This is a lovely story to read to Nursery and Reception classes. Most children will be able to relate to the st
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 muc
Tharema Alim
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 th ...more
Stacey Seaborne
Owl Babies tells the story of Sarah, Percy and Bill, who lived in a hole in the trunk of a tree with their mother. The Owl Babies fell to sleep and when they woke up mum was gone and they had been left alone! Sarah and Percy thought mum has gone hunting, and Bill just wanted his mummy! The Owl Babies then sat outside the hole where they lived to wait for mum but she didn't come. It was now very very dark and the Owl Babies were very scared. Bill still wanted his mummy! As mum had still not retur ...more
Orla Dennehy
Owl Babies:
This book is skilfully written which brings different emotions, such as anxiety to the surface. The author does this in such a way that even very young children can relate to these emotions.
The story itself centers on three baby owls that wake up to find out that their mom has gone. They sit and wait for her to come back, all the time they are becoming more and more anxious.
This book highlights the importance of the maternal role for young children. Also it highlights feelings of un
Clementine Lagarde
Owl babies is a lovely story about a mummy owl that goes in search of food during a night. 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 outside on a big branch for Sarah, a small branch for Percy, some leaves for Bill and wait. The dark of the night arrives and the owls become scared, wondering where mummy owl is and if she will return. Poor baby owl Bill just wants his mummy. Finally she returns soft and silent ...more
This story focusses on 3 baby owls when their mother goes away in the night to get them food, and they wake up and she is gone. It is only a short story and each owl hardly says anything at all but I've found young children really like it. The mummy owl eventually comes back, and all the owls are reunited with the littlest owl saying ' I love my mummy!' It is a lovely story, which younger children can really relate to- the anxiety of being seperated from their mummy and then the happiness when t ...more
The story is about three baby owls Sarah, Percy and Bill, who one night awake to find that their mother is not there! They sit outside awaiting her return and begin to wonder where she may have gone Mummy owl soon returns to her babies and reassures them that she will always be back for them. This is a fantastic and subtle book to read to children in the Early Years who also enjoy joining in with the repetitive line of ‘I want my mummy’. It could also be used in Year one to introduce the topic o ...more
The eponymous heroes of ‘Owl Babies’, Sarah, Percy and Bill, awake one night to discover that their Owl Mother has gone… They huddle together and wonder where she is and what she might be doing, until eventually she returns. This is a very useful book for use in Nursery and Reception, when children are first starting school and may be experiencing difficulties in settling in and in being separated from their parents. The message is clear – mummies always come back!

The repetition of the phase ‘I
Alan Jacob
This book is a excellent example of a social story that carries a message to help those with anxiety when growing up. It centres around a group of owls who cannot find their mother symbolising a significant change in their early lives. The same anxieties that other young children may have are reflected in this book and provides the children with reassurance that others go through the same changes, as well as provide strategies for analysing and coping with this change. The illustrations are larg ...more
Brenda Kahn
I saw a photo of three owlets in a meme on social media and it reminded me of this favorite from my sons' childhood. They asked for this time and again. It's a good one. So I pulled it off the shelf and reread it. Love it as much as the first time.
Tracey Young
A lovely, reassuring book for any child who has ever worried about Mummy leaving them alone, Owl Babies is a beautifully illustrated picture book to warm the cockles of the heart. A story about three adorable baby owls who sit on a branch in the woods, their fears and concerns become very real as they worry that their mum may not return. The striking, dark yet somehow comforting illustrations cleverly enhance their mood as they sit, waiting and thinking, until finally all is well again, ultimate ...more
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