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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,777 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arnold Lobel Narrator: Mark Linn-Baker Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780061901607
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Welcome to Owl's cozy home.

Owl lives by himself in a warm little house. One evening he invites Winter to sit by the fire. Another time he finds strange bumps in his bedroom. And when Owl goes for a walk one night, he makes a friend that follows him all the way home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Five brief episodes in Owl’s life are told simply, without the intrusion of any other characters, unless one counts Owl’s friend, the moon, or the two bumps underneath the bedcovers (his feet) that frighten him…Imaginative and satisfying.”

    School Library Journal

  • “What seems at first to be the winter of Owl’s discontent proves in the end, like all true melancholy, to have its sweet and ultimately contenting facets. Alone throughout, Owl invites ‘poor old winter’ to come in and sit by the fire, but the ‘guest’ behaves so wildly that Owl has to shut it out. Another night he makes tear-water tea by thinking of sad things (all subtly echoing his own loneliness); elsewhere he is driven to run madly upstairs and down in order to occupy both parts of his house at once, and in the end the moon accompanies him home from the other-wise unpopulated seashore. ‘“What a good round friend you are!” said Owl…(and he) did not feel sad at all.’ Nor will readers, for to add to the solo cast would clearly shatter the poignant perfection of Owl alone.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • An ALA Notable Book for Children

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/20/2014

    " I have never read this precious chapter book to a child who did not immediately fall in love with it and call it a favorite. Great bedtime story for littles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 2/3/2014

    " good early reader "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 2/2/2014

    " Such a hoot! Pardon the inevitable pun ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Ligman | 1/29/2014

    " anthology. 5 stories about owl. large print. easy to read. would be good for early school aged readers. can feel accomplished reading this book because it is such a quick, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Hartmark | 1/25/2014

    " Recommended to me by poet Marilyn Nelson, this is a gem. It is purported to teach philosophy to children. For grown folks, it simply delights. I am owl. Are you owl, too? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis | 1/23/2014

    " Of all of the stories that my mum read with me when I was a wee lad Tear-Water Tea is the story that I remember and love the most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inspired Kathy | 1/19/2014

    " An I Can Read book. This is a grade 1 book that is just silly stories about an owl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/17/2014

    " I love reading this book to my son and on my own; it could have something to do with my love for birds and owls especially though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/17/2014

    " This. is. my favorite early reader. arnold lobel is #2 funnyman, right behind scieszka. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Casper | 12/25/2013

    " Possibly my favorite children's book...ever...Teardrop soup? Brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LJ | 12/18/2013

    " Tender and wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 12/15/2013

    " A perennial favorite, ranking right up there with Frog and Toad. Lobel manages to be impressively deep in deceptively simple stories, and his cozy illustrations, in soft browns and greens, have no equal. Tear water tea, anyone? Brilliant!!! Loved this as a child, love it still. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/10/2013

    " Katie rated this one as Super (vs Super Duper or Super Duper Duper Fantastic). I concur. She did immediately want it read again though, so maybe it really was Super Duper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 8/17/2013

    " Owl is an unforgettable character! We have been laughing at him for years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory | 6/13/2013

    " SO holds up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Wagner | 1/2/2013

    " Reading with my daughter. We read a new story every night, almost done! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/10/2012

    " Love tear water tea "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 7/29/2012

    " I adore this book! I especially love "Tear Water Tea" and "Strange Bumps". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucía | 5/10/2012

    " The story Tear-Water Tea is a brilliantly concise expression of Schiller's concept of sublime pathos. However, every young child that I have shared this story with thus far has found it perplexing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/6/2012

    " A nice book for learning to read. Simple words, rich but simple illustrations. The stories are a nice mix of surreal, magical, silly, and contemplative. My 4.5 y/o loves it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kid | 2/24/2012

    " Cosy, funny, and charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/30/2011

    " Read this to my daughters. It's amusing how Lobel makes kids see their silliness (like the lumps under the bed), but they certainly weren't my favorite stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 11/24/2011

    " I just read this while I was waiting for my copies to be finished copying and now it's my new favorite book. Especially "Tear-Water Tea." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 10/30/2011

    " One of my favorite books as a small child. I recently bought a copy for my daughter, and was reminded why I loved it so much. Both funny and touching, with beautiful artwork. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leaflet | 6/22/2011

    " Owl is silly and lovable. The illustrations are cozy and comforting.
    I liked Tear-Water Tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 5/9/2011

    " This one is better than Mouse Soup, but it still doesn't hold a candle to Frog And Toad. The stories are okay, but nothing that you'd want to pull out again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucía | 3/22/2011

    " The story Tear-Water Tea is a brilliantly concise expression of Schiller's concept of sublime pathos. However, every young child that I have shared this story with thus far has found it perplexing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 1/13/2011

    " A perennial favorite, ranking right up there with Frog and Toad. Lobel manages to be impressively deep in deceptively simple stories, and his cozy illustrations, in soft browns and greens, have no equal. Tear water tea, anyone? Brilliant!!! Loved this as a child, love it still. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac | 1/5/2011

    " So sweet and heart-warming, especially the Tear Water Tea story.

    Recommended for people of any age! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 10/5/2010

    " One of my favorite books that I read to my daughter (found in the garage at the house we are renting). Owl and Moon are great friends of ours now :).

    I was hoping the author would have done sequels but he didn't, so I'll just have to be happy with this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 9/22/2010

    " Funny: the kids liked it, I like it. Spend some time with Owl in this collection of 5 off-the-wall stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 5/26/2010

    " Reading with my daughter. We read a new story every night, almost done! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobinsfavorite | 4/27/2010

    " We've been practicing reading here in our house, and Lobel is just the right thing. Having finished Frog and Toad, we've moved on to Owl, and I love Owl. I just want to give him a big hug. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 4/14/2010

    " Nathan" He is not the brightest of chaps is he" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/14/2010

    " I love reading this book to my son and on my own; it could have something to do with my love for birds and owls especially though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenna | 3/6/2010

    " Owl is so cute and silly. "

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About the Author
Author Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel (1933–1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children’s books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

About the Narrator

Mark Linn-Baker was most recently seen as "Toad" in the Broadway musical A Year with Frog and Toad. He is a producing director of New York Stage and Film, and his Broadway credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Face Value, and Doonesbury. For many, he is best known as Larry Appleton of television's Perfect Strangers.