Owl at Home (I Can Read Book 2)

by Arnold Lobel

Hardcover, 1975



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R Lob




HarperCollins (1975), Library Binding, 64 pages


Relates five adventures of Owl.


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Physical description

64 p.; 8.84 inches

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LibraryThing member temorrison
This is a short chapter book about an owl who lives at home by himself. One night while sitting by his fire, he hears something knocking on the door, but no one is there. Another night while he is in the bed he feels all these lumps in his bed, and another night while out for a walk, he meets
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someone. And they wind up following him all the way home!
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LibraryThing member dylantanner
Melancholy stories about Owl and his days as told by Arnold Lobel. From making tear-drop tea to befriending the moon Owl has magic in everyday.

Easy Reader

I saw Lobel on the list - so hopefully this choice counts, because I love Owl at Home. These sad sweet stories are amazing for the Easy Reader
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Genre. Owl is my alter ego I'm sure. Tear drop tea is too amazing for words.

Kids respond well to this book. We read it in first grade this year. To paraphrase the Langley School Music Project, What is lost these days is the sense of melancholy kids love. They have an emotional scape more broad than a lot of literature gives them credit for.
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LibraryThing member brandonachey
Story 1.)The Guest:
Focuses on the idea of having good manners as a house guest by exemplifying bad manners using the season of winter as a story character.
Story 2.) Strange Bumps:
A funny story demonstrating the need for logic when faced with a situation that seems scary and unexplainable.
Story 3.)
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Tear-Water Tea
Demonstrates that it is okay to be sad about things sometimes and how people need to go through a period of sadness to in order to feel better.
Story 4.) Upstairs and Downstairs:
Classic story of the grass is greener on the other side. Illustrates how you can't be in two places at once and need to choose a side or compromise and find the middle.
Story 5.) Owl and the Moon
Shows the quality of reciprocation necessary to have a good friendship. Also shows that by just being there as a friend you can make others happy.

All five stories offer students a richer understanding of the world around them through the whimsical eyes of owl. Lobel did a great job of passing along mature lessons and ideas in very simple and understandable stories.
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LibraryThing member sarahmarcus
My dad used to read us this at bedtime. He used to read it a certain way, in this silly voice. It was our favorite.
LibraryThing member MrsLee
I love Arnold Lobel illustrations. A truly easy read that is fun to read, not boring.
LibraryThing member sharese
This is a series of short stories about Owl, a loveable but not too smart owl. The stories are written with simple language and are perfect for an early reader who can read the stories but will also be able to see Owl's conclusions are not always correct or smart.

This kind of book
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for early readers is right up there with Frog and Toad. Owl is wonderfully illustrated by Arnold Lobel who gives Owl a simple innocence sometimes not found in books today.
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LibraryThing member mdkladke
This book is sad at times because Owl doesn't have any friends and doesn't have anyone to talk to. He lets the winter wind in, tries to be in two places at once and then scares himself with his feet under his covers. This is a good book for kids to read though because some kids may be able to
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relate with this book and how Owl is feeling. Owl walks outside because he gets tired of being inside and he sees the moon. The moon follows him almost home and Owl gets mad at the moon and tells it to go away because it can't come in. Owl gets in bed and he sees a light shining through his window and realizes that the moon was a good friend and followed him home.
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LibraryThing member JessicaHill
Arnald the owl decides to invite winter inside to sit by the warm fire place and in doing so he finds himself a new friend who follows him everywhere.
LibraryThing member cegordon
The book is about Owl who has these adventures in his home. Each short chapter talks about what happens to Owl. For instance, the Guest chapter talks about what happens when Owl invites winter into his home. It is disastrous and messy. Eventually, he tells winter to leave. These stories are great
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for beginner readers who love mysteries.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Here are five short stories about owl (who is not the brightest). They are simple, sweet, and funny.
LibraryThing member alimcc
Owl lets winter into his house to get warm by the fire... Winter freezes everything in the house and Owl tells it it must leave. Owl sees bumps at the bottom of the bed, doesn't realize they are his feet (really?) Sleeps in his chair because he is afraid of his own feet. He makes tea out of his own
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tears. Owl keeps running up and down the stairs trying to be both places at once. Owl thinks moon has followed him home from a walk. Owl is special.
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LibraryThing member cha64
Good for preK - 3. Very brief story about life in general that makes interesting reading.
LibraryThing member mojacobs
Wonderful if sometimes a bit absurd book. Upstairs-downstairs is a favourite with my grandson, making tea with tears is a bit too much for
LibraryThing member jesaltman
This book has four chapters/stories in it about Owl and some of the funny things he deals with. The stories are short and cute passages that help teach students differnt things. I think it also helps with discussing things the students might be going through in their lives.
LibraryThing member DHouston
A beginning chapter book. Th. is book is about an owl who lives alone and how his imagination runs a muck. A great reading book and it can open the minds up to creative writing. I would use this book just for that purpose.
LibraryThing member librarylady28
This book is a time honored classic by award winning author and illustrator Arnold Lobel. Owl at Home is a hilarious look into the misunderstandings of an Owl who is not quite as wise as you would think. The book is composed of five stories: The Guest, Strange Bumps, Tear-Water Tea,
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Upstairs-Downstairs, and Owl and the Moon. In each story, Owl shows his childlike nature by doing things that a young child might do (i.e. - trying to be upstairs and downstairs at once, befriending the moon, getting afraid at bumps under the blanket which turn out to be his knees). It makes this story the perfect book to read to young children, or to give them practice beginning to read on their own because it's something that they can relate to. It's unfortunate that this book was written nearly twenty years ago and has fallen out of circulation with today's current trends. But, for me, it will always be a classic that can be used as anything from a early reading challenge to a bedtime story. Two thumbs up!
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LibraryThing member kmetca1
I had mixed feeling about this book after reading it. I liked the book because I thought the plot was very organized. The storybook was compiled with short stories of Owl dealing with various situations, and how he was able to overcome each obstacle. I thought this type of plot was interesting, and
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it allowed for multiple opportunities for suspense. During each story when Owl was confronted with a difficult situation there was suspense in how he was going to be able to overcome it. For example, when he invited winter in the house and it was causing chaos there was suspense in how he was going to get it to leave. Each story was completed in this manor, and this helped to create a well-paced flow to storybook. I thought that the short stories also would help to keep the readers engaged. With having a new story every few pages students would be able to keep their interest and their engagement. The language was also very clear throughout the story. It was patterned and easy for students to read. One example of a typical sentence is, “who can it be? Said Owl. Knocking and thumping at my door on a night like this.” These sentences could be easy for students to read and do not have too many complicated words. The reason I had mixed feelings about the story was because I thought some of the stories were a little bit too unreasonable. They were playful stories for children, but some of them were a little too unrealistic for my own personal taste. For example in one story Owl was scared of the bumps at the end of his bed. He kept moving his feet but still did not understand that the bumps were being created by his very own feet. The story would be interesting for young students, but I thought it was a little too naïve, but could be good for students in the primary grades. Another reason I did like the story was that the character was well-developed in my opinion. Owl was able to display many emotions throughout the story. And handled the situation in ways that made him more developed. Another reason that I liked the story was that the illustrations were able to really enhance the story in my opinion. For example, in the first story Owl invited winter into his house and winter created havoc on the house. But the illustrations really show how much chaos winter is causing in the house. Having the illustrations was able to really show what was happening, and in this way enhanced the story. The illustrations also fit the written text quite well. The stories were written in almost a whimsical way, and the illustrations also were drawn that way. I believe the big message of the story is that bad situations can be overcome with some ingenuity and willpower. Owl is able to overcome each new situation by thinking clever and trying new things.
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