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Owen at the Park

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Its a busy morning in the park. All along the boulevard, families are picnicking and people are napping, playing checkers and reading on the grass. But Owen and his dad are hard at work, raking and mowing the grass. And today, Owen gets to do the best job all on his own. With his dads encouragement, Owen gathers his courage and goes around to everyone in the park. He tells ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Groundwood Books
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La Coccinelle
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children
This is nothing but child-labour apologist propaganda. It's not about a child taking on normal responsibilities like cleaning his room or putting away the dishes. It's about a child with a disabled father who can't handle the job on his own, so he uses his kid for free labour. It doesn't mesh with the modern European-like setting. (Why isn't this poor kid in school? Instead, he has to watch everyone else enjoy the park while he does chores in it.)

The illustrations are cartoonish, and wouldn't be
Patricia McLaughlin
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
An unfortunate premise, child labor, and the delayed revelation of the protagonists reason for annoying park visitors send this story careening off the rails; engaging illustrations of the lovely park setting earn a second star. ...more
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute picture book about a boy whose father maintains a city park.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Charming and sweet. Lovely illustrations.

Why you gotta ruin everyone's day at the park, Owen? Why not run the sprinklers in the evening or early in the morning, huh?
Cheriee Weichel
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A young boy helps his father tend the gardens of a public park. In this book he has the special responsibility of informing park patrons about an important activity. Then he gets to start it himself.
There is a lot we don't know here. His father is using crutches for an undefined reason. We have no idea if this is a permanent or temporary situation. We don't know the age of the boy or how or why he is helping out. From the illustrations it looks like he mostly enjoys what he is doing.

Juliana Lee
Owen helped his father work in the park. Most days the work was boring but once a week Owen loved his job. The only problem is he has to overcome his shyness to talk to all the people in the park on that one day. The whole story is a build up to that one moment...
Miss Sarah
Owen is helping his dad at his job at the park warning people to pack up, but what do they need to pack up for? Elementary and up. Cute ending and love owen and his shyness at the begining till his laughter at the end.
Kristin Nelson
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was in suspense, wondering about Owen's important job. The illustrations are vibrant and full of detail.
Gayla Shomler
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Owen works with his dad in the park. But today he gets a new responsibility.

Used for teaching beginning, middle and end.
Darshana Khiani
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet, charming story! Fills the heart.
Syntha Green
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
There's a great laugh out loud moment in this book
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute what's-about-to-happen book that promises guessing until the answer is revealed.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simple story with beautiful illustrations.
hello! run the sprinklers at night or in the wee hours of morning!
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Original review can be found on my blog: Mad Book Love

Owens father works as a groundskeeper at the city park, and Owen often helps him do various jobs. However, on this day, Owen gets to do his favorite job all by himself, for the very first time! He is a bit nervous about the first part of the job, but it has to be done to get to his favorite part. When hes completed step one, he joyfully completes step two, and it is fun indeed!

The illustrations are absolutely fabulous: beautiful coloring,
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