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Alice in La-La-Land by Robert Wright Campbell
Art Work by the Pasadena College of Art and Design
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
Aunt Crete's Emancipation by Grace Livingston Hill
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! by Rosetta Stone
Blood Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds
A Century of America's Favorite Foods by Sue Dawson
A Chance to See Egypt by Sandra Scofield
A Color Clown Comes to Town by Jane Belk Moncure
The Creature in the Teacher by Christopher Pike
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
Happy Birthday Frankie by Sarah Weeks
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Minnie by Annie M.G. Schmidt
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
Numbers by DK Books
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfister
The Secret Three by Mildred Myrick
The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
Shapes by DK Books
A Simple Monk by Alison Wright
Stargate by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Touch and Feel Baby Animals by DK Books
Viva Las Buffy by Scott Lobdell
The Walking Stones by Mollie Hunter

Miscellaneous:
Fill Her Up
A Full Night's Sleep
Happy Halloween
A Long Day for Sean
On Holiday While Sleeping
Our Trip to the Peninsula
Playing the Same Games
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Comments for Owl at Home

Owl at HomeOwl at Home: 10/11/06

For Sean's third birthday we gave him a bunch of books about owls, including Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel. This book is in Sean's current rotation of favorite books. Although I remember reading it last year when I gave him the book, I don't have any record of having read it, therefore I am counting it towards this year's list of books read.

As with Lobel's Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home consists of five chapters, each one a different short story about Owl and some sort of adventure he's had at (or near) home. The stories are: "The Guest," "The Bumps", "Tear-Water Tea", "Upstairs and Downstairs" and "The Moon." I think Sean's favorite of them is "The Bumps" in which Owl mistakes his feet under his blankets for a bumpy creature waiting to attack him when he falls asleep in bed. My favorite is either "The Guest" in which Owl makes the mistake of leaving the door open during a winter snow storm and "The Moon" in which Owl thinks the moon is following him home and worries that his new friend won't fit inside his home.

While the stories are simplistic and lacking the dynamic humor of the dysfunctional friendship between Frog and Toad, the illustrations still carry the warmth and charm of Lobel at his best. Though Owl is a loner, he's a good natured sort and the illustrations bring life to him. If you read this book, stop to enjoy each of the illustrations.

Read the review at Book of Books.




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