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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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Ever heard of the blanket fairy? Until reading this, I never had.

The mouse family in this book is very cute! I loved the expressions they have. Young Owen is very attached to his blanket. His parents try all sorts of methods to get him to part with it.

Parents can relate to having to separate the baby items (first stuffy, blanket, pacifier, etc) from their child and kids can read this for alternatives and that every kid goes through adjustments in their life. ( )
  jljaina | Oct 7, 2015 |
Kevin Henke has authored several different children's books for young readers that feature young mice as the main characters. The story OWEN is one such book. Owen is a young mouse who loves his worn out blanket named Fuzzy; he won't go anywhere without it. His parents don't seem to think anything of this until one day when their nosey neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, points out that he certainly can't bring his blanket to school with him. With Mrs. Tweezer's advice, Owen's parents make a few different attempts to convince Owen to give up his blanket - with no success. At last, Owen's mother has an idea. After lots of snipping and sewing, she gives Owen back his blanket in the form of little handkerchiefs. Now Owen can even take Fuzzy to school. I like this story very much because it is very relatable. I, and I think many others, can remember having a childhood object that was very hard to let go of. This book helps you realize that even though there comes a point when you have to move on, it doesn't mean you have to give it up entirely. There are still ways to hold onto that important part of childhood. The illustrations, which are brightly colored and full of detail, are very helpful in developing the story and characters even further than the text. There are several times throughout the story when the text states something, and the reader must look to the pictures for more explanation. For example, at one point Henke writes that "Fuzzy helped Owen become invisible." and the picture shows Owen hiding beneath the blanket while sitting at the dinner table. This story would be fun to read out loud in the classroom because many children would be able to relate to it. For an activity after the reading, I would have two different options for the students to do. For those students who still have their security "blanket", they could write a story about why they like it so much. As an extension to this option, if they student wants to they can bring this object to school the next day and show it to the class. The other option is mostly for students who no longer have their security "blanket" or do not rely on it anymore. These students can write their own set of instructions for how to help someone give something up, become less attached, or simply alter the object to make it more practical. ( )
  mmiller28 | Oct 6, 2015 |
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 |
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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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