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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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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 |
Owen carries a blanket with him wherever he goes, and his parents are trying to break him of the habit. ( )
  jlaurendine | Jan 31, 2015 |
Summary: Owen is a little boy that must have his little blanket with him no matter where he goes. The neighbor told his parents to tell him about the blanket fairy and to use vinegar as ways to get him to put it down. Several attempts, to no avail. Owen's mother finally figured out a way and Owen could take part of his blanket anywhere he wanted. She had made little handkerchiefs.

Personal Reaction: It was a good teaching story since we all probably have had that one thing when we were young that we never wanted to let go of.

Classroom Extension:
1. Could use it as a teaching point that at some point in life, you will have to give something up.
2. You will always have the memories of the past, and that cannot be taken away.
  jerryrichardson | Jan 18, 2015 |
This is a story about a little mouse named, Owen that loves his blanket. He brings it everywhere with him even to school so his mom decides to make it into a handkerchief. I think it will teach children that its okay to let go of something that you love and had for so long. ( )
  thnguyen | Nov 26, 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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