by Kevin Henkes


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Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. "Fuzzy goes where I go," said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen't mother knew just what to do, and everyone -- Owen, Fuzzy, and even Mrs. Tweezers -- was happy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688114497
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/1993
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 41,681
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com


Madison, Wisconsin

Date of Birth:

November 27, 1960

Place of Birth:

Racine, Wisconsin


University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Owen 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book when i was a little girl, and i loved it! This book helped me learn to read, and i read it all the time. If you have a child with a blankie this is the book for them, i had a blankie and i loved when i could get the book, my blankie, cuddle up in bed and read away! I am now going to buy the book for my daughter and keep this great read going through the generations!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in both books are great. Once you start reading these books, it is impossible to put the books down. I have several friends that are now hooked. You will find yourself laughing out loud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevin Henkes uses an artistic technique that is colorful, realistic and within a sense of a regular family life. The pictures are informative in relation to the place of the story. The descriptive pictures allow the reader to understand the detail of activites Owen is going through. The pictorial interpretation of the theme shows the feelings Owen shares for this blanket. While, the plot is helping Owen feel secure with out having his blanket. Kevin Henkes describes in detail how bad Owen wants to keep his blanket. The pictures provide Owen's thoughts and feelings of his specail blanket. Owen shows excellence of it's presentation through children's eye. Children enjoy the pictures and adventure Owen and his blanket go through. Owen is a book that is self contained media with words and pictures. A reader can understand the full story by reading the book. The text and illustrations of Owen compliment each other. The words explain the picture, as well as the picture saying the words. Owen is written in a direct and simple style.
Madalyn333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story about a little mouse whose name is Owen. Owen is attached to his blanket and he brings it everywhere with him. At the end of the story, Owen's parents think of a way where Owen can keep his blanket forever. This is a great story read aloud story to read to students. The story is the most appropriate for intermediate readers.
kellyholmes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really good, cute story.
kspannagel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is about Owen, who is attached to a yellow blanket and doesn't want to give it up ever.
arewald on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Owen takes his blanket everywhere. It's his best friend. But his parents know that he can't take it with him on his first day of school and try various tricks to separate Owen and the blanket. But Owen is a smart little boy and outwits them at every turn, until his mother comes up with an ingenious compromise.
ShalynAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this picture book a young mouse named Owen had to have his blanket everywhere he went. The neighbor would try and tell his parents different tricks trying to get him to get rid of it. His momended up cutting his blanket into handkerchiefs, so he could take them to school with him.This was a very cute story that hit home a little. My friends little boy has so attached to his blanket when he was a little boy. She had the hardest time taking it away from him. This story gave several good ideas on how to handle this situation.In the classroom with my students I would let them take turns telling a story. They could tell a story about when they were little and if theyhad something they really liked and had to give up.
delzey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here we have another one of those picture books that on its surface appears to be about one thing but has a truly odd undertone running through it.The issue at hand appears to be another version of childhood separation anxiety, this time with a baby blanket. Owen is on the eve of entering school and it is time for him to put away the blanket he has loved since he was born. But how to separate Owen from his Fuzzy is a delicate issue, and no matter how much they try nothing seems to convince Owen that it's time to give up his friend. In the end his mother comes up with a solution where Owen can have his fuzzy with him at all times... by converting his blanket into a dozen smaller handkerchiefs.Well, that's all very nice, but there's an odd catalyst in this book in the form of a nosy neighbor named Mrs. Tweezers. She's there on page one looking over the fence at a happy Owen playing with Fuzzy, with a glance that can be viewed as either concerned or disapproving. A few pages later when she reappears we know which look it was when she says "Isn't he a little old to be carrying that thing around?" And with this illustration the faces of Owen's parents register concern. A concern they never had before. A concern that suggests perhaps they might be bad parents for not addressing the issue sooner.Mrs. Tweezers suggests the Blanket Fairy, a ruse designed to help separate Owen from his blanket through trickery. But Owen's attachment to his blanket allows him to unwittingly outwit his parents by hiding the blanket. When he tells his parents the fairy didn't come they attempt to shame him for it by suggesting that Fuzzy's torn, dirty, rattiness are the cause.Fuzzy continues to accompany Owen until Mrs. Tweezers once again leans over the fence and meddle in her neighbors affairs. "Haven't you heard of the vinegar trick?" And once again Owen's worried, concerned parents feel neglectful for not having heard how to properly raise their son. When dipping Fuzzy into vinegar doesn't work Mrs. Tweezers once again meddles, this time making it personal."Haven't you heard of saying no?"Saying no, without an explanation or any attempt to reason with Owen, has the expected outcome of creating a greater anxiety in Owen. This is when Owen's mother suddenly has the brilliant idea to turn the blanket into handkerchiefs. And in the end, Mrs. Tweezers approves with a wave of her own hankie.What a horrible message. Listen to your meddling neighbors tell you how to raise your child? Get your child to conform to someone else's expectations? If you can't separate your child from their security blanket through trickery simply say "because I say so" and leave it at that? What really irks me about the Caldecott Honor book is that it seems to send the subtle message that conformity begins in the home, and only bad parents don't know or realize this.I think we all want to raise children right, however we define "right," but not at the suggestion of a neighbor (who, despite being married, shows no sign of having raised any kids herself). Blanket issues are huge, and I can see the value in a book that deals with them openly, humorously, but not like this. Owen is never told why he cannot bring a blanket to school, never fully prepared for the separation, and seems too ready to accept his blanket begin cut where most kids even resist allowing it to be washed, much less cut.And all of this is for what? Mrs. Tweezer's approval? She's there on the first and the last page, so clearly she is as important as Owen. So pay attention, children! Your nosy neighbor is a force to be reckoned with. She can manipulate your parents and get them to raise you according to her standards. And without her approval who knows what might happen. She and her chicken-legged house might carry you off to the forest and...Sorry, got a little carried away there.
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perhaps one of my favorite books of all time. Owen loves his blanket and takes it everywhere. Everyone is happy until his nosy neighbor stirs up trouble by asking his parents about Owen taking the blanket to school and proceeds to give suggestions on how to get Owen to give up his beloved blanket. His parents try each suggestion and each suggestion fails. Finally Owen's mother comes up with a solution everyone can live with. Simply irresistible.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Owen carries his blankey everywhere and adores it. The blanket is about as ragged as you'd expect, and everyone says he can't take it with him to school. His mother, however, comes up with a solution- she makes it into handkerchiefs!
wenestvedt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of parents trying to convince their son to give up his beloved blankie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story of Owen, a little mouse growing up and having to adjust to changes in his life of loving parents wanting very much to do the right thing by their child and of a nosy neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, with unwanted advice about how Owen can be separated from his cherished blankie, Fuzzy, before he starts to school. Although Mom and Dad dutifully try out Mrs. Tweezers' suggestions without success, Mom finally comes up with the perfect solution so that Owen can keep the security of Fuzzy and still be a 'big boy' when he starts to school. The colorful illustrations wonderfully complement this story and this book would make a great gift for a child who has had a blankie like Fuzzy that was so important to him. I have a great-nephew named Owen who will be receiving this for his second birthday!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. The first time I read it, I laughed all the way through. The illustrations are adorable and the story is very touching. Owen is very attached to a blanket. This blanket goes everywhere and does everything with him. Parents will enjoy this story too as Owen's parents try to break his attachment to the blanket before he goes to kindergarten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost all children have a favorite blanket or stuffed toy that makes any situation more comfortable. Children vary a lot in how long and how extensively they rely on these friendly objects. Social pressures to relinquish the objects often make the child even more insecure. In this worthy story, your child can learn how to keep this warm connection while reducing social embarrassment. 'Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket . . . . He loved it with all his heart.' 'Fuzzy goes where I go.' 'Fuzzy likes what I like.' 'He carried it. And wore it. And dragged it. He sucked it. And hugged it. And twisted it.' You can see the close connection from these quotes. The crisis is brought on when Owen announces, 'I have to bring Fuzzy [no longer literally so] to school.' What to do? If you are a first-time parent, this book will suggest a solution that almost all parents rely on (or a variant thereof). As such, it is a great gift to parents and children. The book was honored by Caldecott for its illustrations which rely on bright watercolor paints and black pen outlines. Owen and the other characters in the book are mice, and they have a visual sweetness that helps take the anxiety out of the book's subject. If the characters were humans, the book could feel threatening to the child who isn't ready to give up the blanket or other security object. I suggest that you also ask your child what you can do to help make new situations feel more comfortable. The process of becoming more separate from home and parents is a difficult one. Although almost everyone will make it, there's no reason why the transition has to be a harsh and unpleasant one. Provide an inner sense of security in all the loving ways you know! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
Owen dousent want to let go of fuzzy, fuzzy is a yellow blanquet that owen has had since he was a baby. Miss Twizers thinks that is Owen holds on to fuzzy to long he will never lirn to be indapendent. Will he or will Owen be a baby forever !?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since he was a baby, Owen carried his fuzzy yellow blanket everywhere with him. ¿Fuzzy goes where I go¿ and ¿Fuzzy likes what I like,¿ said Owen. However, Owen was getting older and the time had come for him to start school, so Mrs. Tweezers gave Owen¿s parents some ideas on how to get rid of the blanket. But no matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Owen had the answer. He was determined to hold onto his fuzzy yellow blanket, but everyone wanted him to stop carrying it. Could they come up with a solution that they could all agree on? Owen is a great book that basically all young children can relate to. Any child who has a ¿special something¿ that they take everywhere with them can relate to Owen. He is very fond of his blanket, and when the time comes, he is told that he can¿t carry it around with him anymore. Owen then faces the prospect of letting go of his blanket. This lesson teaches children that while it is okay to have a ¿special something,¿ there may come a time when you have to let it go (however, it will never be truly gone, for you will always have the memories and maybe even a little part of it). Kevin Henkes lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Madison, Wisconsin. Both an author and an illustrator at the young age of nineteen, he left his home in Wisconsin and went to New York City with his portfolio in search of a publisher. Greenwillow Books made his dreams come true and they have published every one of his books. Henkes, Kevin. Owen. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1993. RL: Ages 4-7, Grades PreK-2