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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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I think all kids can relate to having a special blanket. I don't know that Henkes' ending would really satisfy a child in real life, but the subject matter is enough to engage any child, and his cute mouse expressions are wonderful.

Writing ideas:
- Did/do you have a special blanket/toy/stuffed animal that you always kept/keep with you? Tell us about it!
- Look through the illustrations. How many different feelings can you identify in Owen? What part of his face tells you how he is feeling? Try drawing several faces with different expressions. ( )
  BrianEJanssen | Apr 27, 2014 |
I did not really like this story because of the characters. Mrs. Tweezer was a neighbor who was much too concerned about Owen. She rudely butts in and gives her opinion. Unfortunately, Owen’s parents listen to her. For example, “Isn’t he getting a little old to carrying that thing around?” asked Mrs. Tweezers. “Haven’t you heard of the Blanket Fairy?” After her first idea does not work, she gives another idea, and the parents also listen, “Haven’t you heard of the vinegar trick?” I just did not like the idea of someone else telling Owen’s parents when he was too old for his blanket and how to handle it. The central message of this book is that listening to what someone else has to say does not always help. Even though Mrs. Tweezer gave Owen’s parents a lot of ideas about how to get rid of the blanket, none of them worked. Once Owen’s mother thought of an idea on her own, and one that considered Owen’s feelings about his blanket, “It was an absolutely wonderful, positively perfect, especially terrific idea.” ( )
  kjacks26 | Apr 9, 2014 |
This sweet story about Owen and his security blanket is a story about problem solving. His parents could have simply taken the blanket away and told him he was too old now that he was going to school but instead they decided to find a way to separate him from his childish attachment in a way that made everyone happy. The solution was creative and gave Owen the security he needed upon entering the new and scary world of school. This book could be used to illustrate problem solving and peace making. Students could write a story of their own that addresses a problem that can be solved in a way that makes everyone happy. ( )
  kghaemmaghami | Mar 1, 2014 |
Owen is a cute story about a little mouse who is attached to his blanket. As the first day of school rolls around, his parents are trying everything to get him to give up his blanket and nothing works. The neighbor lady keeps giving them ideas until finally, Owen's mom decides to make the blanket a handkerchief that Owen can take to school, and the neighbor lady has one too. This would be a great book to have students write an alternate ending for. They could firs t discuss whether or not they agreed with the ending and then they could write their own. It would be a great creative writing assignment. ( )
  KateSanders | Feb 27, 2014 |
Owen is an adorable little mouse who does not want to give up his yellow blanket. Mrs. Tweezers, the neighbor, gives his parents many tricks to take it away but Owen doesn't fall for any of it. In the end, they reach a conclusion that makes everyone happy. This story is really cute coming of age tale. I enjoyed it and I think a lot of children will enjoy it as well. I would recommend for grades K-2. ( )
  Imandayeh | Feb 22, 2014 |
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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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