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Owls in the Family Paperback – March 30, 1996
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But what happens when your pet is an owl, and your owl is terrorizing the neighbourhood?
In Farley Mowat?s exciting children?s story, a young boy?s pet menagerie ? which includes crows, magpies, gophers and a dog ? grows out of control with the addition of two cantankerous pet owls. The story of how Wol and Weeps turn the whole town upside down is warm, funny, and bursting with adventure and suspense. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Sometime later, after a bad storm, the boys, along with another friend named Murray, return to find the owl nest blown down and two of the now half-grown young owls dead. However, a third, probably the oldest, had survived in a pile of brush, so Billy adopts it and names it Wol. Shortly after that, he finds another owl that a couple of mean boys had captured and were tormenting. Buying the bird, he names it Weeps. The book tells how Wol brings dead skunks to the family for dinner and terrorizes Billy's French teacher, the postman, Ophelia the maid, and the minister, how Weeps never does learn how to fly and is afraid of everything except Mutt, and how the two birds shake up the whole neighborhood during the T. Eaton Department Store parade. But when Billy's dad gets a new job in Toronto and they can't take the owls with them, what will Billy do?
This book is a delightful tale that has practically nothing objectionable. A few euphemisms (heck, darn, and gee) occur. During his investigation of the owls' nest, Mr.Read more ›
Make no mistake, Owls in the Family is a family treasure that deserves to be read time and again. Pick it up without hesitation!
'no no's' now - robbing birds nests, in particular. And the shooting of crows for fun. It was written in 1961, over
50 years ago. But if this is given to a kid, just
point out that this is an 'old' book, and that responsible actors in the wild don't do things like this, like stealing
young owls to be pets. With that in mind I would recommend this book to any nature lover, even an adult one.
Even a 'crow lover'. After reading this, try the author's NEVER CRY WOLF.
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I don't really have a review, as I mailed this to my grandson who lives 2,000 miles away. but he loves reading and I thought the story looked like it would hold the attention of a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vickie Weaver
Farley Mowat had so many fascinating experiences as a child and as an adult and is able to convey them wonderfully to the reader.Published 3 months ago by Lynn D. Suckow
This product came damaged. The spine was twisted and about twenty pages were sliced from the spine in about one inch.Published 6 months ago by Lorie A.
It's an okay book. It's all written in first person. I'm using it for my 4th and 2nd graders in homeschooling. We are doing owl lap books with it and dissecting owl pellets. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MK
Read it and mailed to grandson. Nice, funny old fashioned story.Published 6 months ago by Ann in CT