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Owen (Caldecott Honor Book) by Kevin Henkes

Owen (Caldecott Honor Book) (edition 1993)

by Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

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Title:Owen (Caldecott Honor Book)
Authors:Kevin Henkes
Other authors:Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Info:Greenwillow Books (1993), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Owen is part of Kevin Henke's mice series. Kevin Henkes is known for this series of books and has written about 9 different mice. Owen is a young mouse and he brings his blanket everywhere. His parent's can't figure out a a way for Owen to give up his blanket. They try the blanket fairy, vinegar, and just saying no. Nothing works, so Owen's mother decides to cut up his blanket into several pieces so Owen will always have a piece of fuzzy with him. This story shows that sometimes you need to move on from your childhood behaviors and start new ones. Owen loved his blanket but he was able to see it transform into something more appropriate. As an activity, each child could write about their favorite childhood habit and why they no longer do it. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 26, 2015 |
Genre or Type of Picture Book: Fiction, Classics Recommended for: Primary

Owen by Kevin Henkes, is a classic fiction book, for young readers. The book is about Owen, a young mouse who goes everywhere with a yellow blanky named "Fuzzy." The book illustrates the crossroads of growing up and leaving the blanky behind. At the end of the book, Fuzzy is cut into smaller pieces as handkerchiefs so Owen can still take Fuzzy everywhere he goes while he is growing up. This book is great for most small children, especially ones that are attached to a stuffed animal or even a blanket as well. For parents trying to help their children let go of these items, this book helps. It suggests a change without demanding one. For most young children, they can connect with Owen, and their parents can connect with his parents. Kevin Henkes does a superb job incorporating very real themes throughout this small easy reader. The meaning of the text is only enhanced by the beautifully sweet illustrations on every page.
  sumnergreen8 | Mar 25, 2015 |
This amazing picture book follows Owen, a young mouse who absolutely loves his yellow blanket "Fuzzy". Owen and Fuzzy do everything together, but he's getting a little to old for him. His parents concoct many different ways to separate Owen and Fuzzy, but none seem to work, their bond is just to strong. That is until Owen mothers come up with a solution! She cuts and sews the blanket all up into tiny handkerchiefs so now Owen can take a piece of Fuzzy wherever he goes and be a big boy.

Teaching Ideas: innovation, security blankets ( )
  aehunter | Feb 24, 2015 |
Most little kids have an item that they love what to go everywhere with it. Owen had a blanket. This book helps children cope with having the item taken away or can bring the item places. The illustration in the book is delightful and corresponds really well with the text.
  Samantha_Orawiec | Feb 15, 2015 |
This is a fantasy picture book about a little mouse, Owen, who does everything with his blanket. His parents want him to stop taking his blanket around with him everywhere before he enters school. They try taking different advice from their neighbor, but none of it seems to work. In the end the parents problem solve and turn the blanket into handkerchiefs that Owen can take with him wherever he goes. ( )
  kvelin | Feb 10, 2015 |
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The clinical name is transitional object, but for young children, a beloved blanket is more like a lifeline. And that's exactly how Owen feels about his baby blanket, fondly named Fuzzy. The Owen-Fuzzy relationship is cruising along smoothly until a nosy neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, leans over the fence and asks his parents, "Isn't he getting a little old to be carrying that thing around?" With kindergarten just around the corner, Owen's parents wonder if he should in fact relinquish his prized Fuzzy. Kevin Henkes uses his signature mouse characters and jewel-tone watercolors to explore the antics and foils of one mouse-boy, one rag-blanket, and two parents wondering how to help their son kick the habit. This is what Henkes does best--playfully bringing childhood fears and feelings to the surface while portraying real-life parent-child tensions. Mrs. Tweezers, a real sourpuss, is no help at all. She offers terrible over-the-fence advice, such as dipping Fuzzy in vinegar (as if to cure a nail-biting habit) or stealing the blanket in the night.

It is not until the eve of Owen's first day of kindergarten that his mother hatches the perfect solution. Ultimately, she finds a way that Owen can hang on to his first true love while also taking the next step into middle childhood--a solution that suits everyone, including Mrs. Tweezers. Caldecott Honor Book, Horn Book Fanfare Honor List, ALA Notable Book, Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, ALA Booklist Children's Editors' Choice. (Ages 3 and older) --Gail Hudson

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Owen's parents try to get him to give up his favorite blanket before he starts school, but when their efforts fail, they come up with a solution that makes everyone happy.

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