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Owl Babies

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  14,002 ratings  ·  768 reviews
This is the story of three baby owls who wake up one night in their hole in the tree to find that their mother has gone, so they sit on the branch and wait, wondering when she will return. At last she does, and they all bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home.
Unknown Binding, 25 pages
Published June 3rd 2002 by Not Avail (first published 1992)
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Awe, I love owls! So when I saw this book at the store I just had to buy it for my little niece just so I could read it to her lol :) This book is pretty simple with some repetition, it uses great rhyming patterns and it's poetic. It is easy to understand and has real-life situations for children. This is a book that shows children that their parent will come back, that it's okay to miss them because everything will work out. It also shows the baby owls staying together. This story
Dale Harcombe
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amazing artwork and a story that's relatable for children, a great conversation starter, as the point of the story might not be as obvious to a child, encouraging them to think and open up.

Definately going on my have-to-buy-for-the-next-addition-to-the-fmily-list. ;)
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Shenaz Begum
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!!
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
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3-5
Owl babies is a story about 3 baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill. The three baby owl live with their mother in the hole of a tree. One day Sarah, Percy and Bill wake up and their mother is gone. She is nowhere to be seen. The owl babies start wondering where their mother has gone. The babies miss their mother very much, especially Bill. There is a memorable sentence said by Bill in the book ‘Where is my mummy?’ young children can relate to Bill’s anxiousness. Mother owl finally appears at the end ...more
Jess Peck
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story about three baby owls Sarah, Percy and Bill who wake up one night to find their mum has gone. They decide to sit on a branch alongside each other and wait for her return, listening to the terrifying sounds of the dark night. After a long wait she returns, the owls jump with joy and welcoming her into their warm arms. I think this book is perfect for primary school children age 5-10 and could easily be integrated into many areas within English. Firstly, it would be ...more
Hassan Ali
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2013
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
Shoeb Narot
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
‘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
Sofyia Ali
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Emerson and Theodore
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Fiona Hill

Children could look at the contrasting feelings of each of the owls. It encourages children to open up about how they are feeling and think about possible reasons for situations. It also encourages children to stick together and stay positive in a difficult situation.
Kate Taylor
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Really useful children's picture books when beginning to look at speech. The speech is clearly displayed in the book for children to experience. From this speech, children can start to develop their skill of understanding characters and creating character profiles based on the book's content. They will be able to identify the different owls' character traits and their differing personalities from the speech. You can then ask the children what does their speech tells us about each character? How ...more
Elaine Mullane
In Owl Babies, three little owls awake one night to find their mother has gone from their home. This sweet and beautifully illustrated story addresses separation anxiety and reassures young children that their parent will always return to them.

I loved the story and the approach of this book but I do feel like the images, although stunning, are a bit repetitive across the pages, meaning younger children will find it harder to engage with it. That being said, I think my children will love this
Jun 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Sweet little story about baby owls whose mother goes off hunting. At first, two of them are brave but little Bill is always saying, "I want my mommy!" As the night goes on, however, they all become increasingly nervous without the security of Mom nearby. The happy resolution is a good one to reassure kids who don't like to be separated from their own parents.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I used this one for TT and preschool storytime on 10/4/17. The theme was owls and the big book version of this was a perfect way to start off! The kids got a kick out of Bill's refrain, and everyone was visibly relieved when Mother Owl came back. :) Super cute!
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lovely illustrations. Read this at Native Nurseries in Tallahassee where I was doing a bit of last minute (second?) shopping.
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Bethy Clarke
I can see really young children enjoying this, but I just found it boring! Also not fully into the illustrations.
Francesca Lee
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a lovely story to read and I think primary school children will love this too. The bond between the owls is really sweet and their relationship with the mother is obviously very close. I think this book can be open for lots of discussion in an English lesson because children can make inferences about the mother owl returning. Also I think young children love books that have animals in them.
Jonathan Ayres
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
If you ever lost your parent in a supermarket, you'll understand the emotional journey that these three baby owls go through in this story. When mum goes missing in the middle of the night, three little owls start to feel scared and alone. A great picture book for reading aloud and developing character identification skills with children
Jasmine Longworth
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I read this book to a class during my time in a school. They loved it and I love the book. I think it is a great children’s book and although it is a little sad and you really do feel sad for the owl babies it has a lovely ending.
Alice Rockett
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Such a sweet book! Perfect for looking into characters, and how the owls take on different roles. Would be good to explore with children their thoughts on what the owls might really be thinking! I loved this book as a child and reading it recently reminds me why!
Alexandra Hunter
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my faves. 3 little owls wake up and their mama is gone. They're scared and anxious and help each other. They think alot. Their mama returns and they are happy. Good for early years adjusting to school perhaps and being left but their parent returns. Beautiful illustrations.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A cute story with beautiful illustrations.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute book with nice illustrations. It's a concept any little kid can relate to: wanting their mom to come back home.
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Also writes under the pen name Catherine Sefton

Martin Waddell is the author of more than one hundred books for young readers.

Awards: Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing (2004).