Books by Mary Beth Owens

Released: June 1, 2009

"Without question well-meaning and potentially useful in Native American curricula but hard to work with in isolation. (Picture book. 6-9)"
As a boy, Franklin Roosevelt spent summers at the family "cottage" on Campobello Island, nestled in the waters off Maine and New Brunswick. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Owens's soft, realistic watercolors nicely complement this gentle tale. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bill Pottle doesn't mind being called the dump man, because that's his job and he loves it. Read full book review >
PANDA WHISPERS by Mary Beth Owens
Released: April 1, 2007

"Obviously, despite—or because of—its overly sentimental style, this will find a wide audience among the fans of Mem Fox and Jane Dyer's much better, much prettier, Time for Bed (1993). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A nature bedtime story of the pretty but sappy variety. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The simple yet sturdy spirituality informing this book will assure its place in both individual and institutional collections that have room for religious titles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This book of seasonal prayers, inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Brother Sun," and also indebted to Gaelic scholar Alexander Carmichel's work, can be summed up by a portion of the prayer for November: "Contained in every/season's end:/the blessing to begin again." Read full book review >
COUNTING CRANES by Mary Beth Owens
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A lovely, eloquent book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Owens (A Caribou Alphabet, 1989, ALA Notable) brings her concern for wildlife and elegant sense of design to a counting book featuring a species—the whooping crane—once reduced to a population of 15, the number shown on the last spread here (there are are now 131 cranes ``living in the Canadian-American flock''). Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1992

"A soothing, entrancing lullaby, with some intriguing (if undocumented) animal facts. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-7)"
A gentle, poetic good-night book, with parents and children of various ethnic groups—plus 16 different, slightly anthropomorphic animals—settling down to sleep. ``Tired Chinese golden monkeys huddle and cuddle for comfort. Read full book review >