Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel (Canada ) - (US)

Pages: 64 pgs.
Ages: 6+
Finished: Dec. 18, 2009
First Published: 1975
Genre: easy reader
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Owl was at home.

Acquired: We own this book.

Reason for Reading: My son read this aloud to me.

Comments: I'm very familiar with this book but had never actually read it before! This contains four chapters, each its own individual story. Owl, himself, is not the brightest bulb in the package and while very polite and considerate he ends up in the silliest situations because of his own misunderstandings. Three of the stories follow this theme, while the third is a simple tale that shows his simple ways of making tea.

Owl is a dear you can't help but love because of his simple yet good-natured ways. My son was laughing joyously at the antics Owl ends up in and Lobel's illustrations of course add volumes to the simple easy reader text. Arnold Lobel is well known for his illustrations but he was also a master of the easy reader. His books contain both phonetic and common sight words making them appropriate for readers who have passed the basic phonics level. A fun book to read aloud to youngers and a perfect easy reader.


  1. This brought back memories! My children are now in their teens but I recognized the book cover instantly. Doesn't Owl make soup out of his tears in one of the stories? What a cute book.

  2. Oh, no, wait, it was tea, not soup ...

  3. Yes, he does. He has to think of all the sad things to make himself cry like: spoons that have fallen behind the stove and books with pages ripped out!

  4. Oh, how wonderful to have one at the age to read aloud to you. There's nothing better. I'm glad he enjoyed this one so much.

  5. I found my childhood copy the last time I visited my parents and my kids and I still enjoy it-- our favourite is the bumps under the blanket story.


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