“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Owen by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books, c.1993
Reading Level: 370L
Synopsis: Owen loves his blanket “fuzzy” more than anything. Wherever he goes, fuzzy goes. The nosy neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, tells Owen’s parents that Owen is too old for a blanket. Using Mrs. Tweezers advice, Owen’s parents try many things to rid Owen of his “bad habit.” No matter what they try, Owen has an idea to fix it. They are about to give up until Owen’s mom has a great idea. She cuts up fuzzy into handkerchief sized pieces so that Owen can bring it everywhere with him without anyone knowing. It is the perfect solution and all are happy.
Rationale for Use: Cute illustrations. Relatable struggle for many children.
Content Area Connections: Text-to-self connections
Possible Problems or Concerns: None