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Every child needs to have a pet. No one could argue with that.

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.

About the Author

Farley Mowat (1921 2014), a famed Canadian writer, was the author of forty-five books, including fiction, history, and environmental works. Several of his books, including Never Cry Wolf, were made into films. Mowat was a winner of the Governor General s Award for Literature, and also a recipient of the Order of Canada and an inductee of the Canadian Walk of Fame.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 91 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (March 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440413613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440413615
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wayne S. Walker on July 10, 2011
Format: Library Binding
In this perhaps slightly fictionalized account originally published in 1961 in The Atlantic Monthly, the author, who apparently went by the name Billy when he was a boy, tells how he and his friend Bruce and their dogs Mutt and Rex, who live on the prairie in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, find an owls' nest with three baby owls in it while on a hike in the nearby bluffs. They determine to add owls to their collection of pets. At first, Mr. Mowat is against the idea because the boys already have enough pets, but when he realizes that the owls might eat Billy's rats, rabbits, and gophers, he decides that maybe owls wouldn't be so bad after all.
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.
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Read Owls in the Family. It is a great book because it has lots of information about great horned owls. This book is about two boys, Bruce and Billy. They go on an adventure to find an owls nest. The boys end up getting two owls who become their best friends. The two owls Wol and Weeps become best friends. Billy's dog Mutt doesn't get along with Wol, but gets along with Weeps. Wol is always stealing Mutt's bone and he gets so annoyed. It's very exciting, funny, and an interesting book. Borrow it or buy it at your nearest bookstore.
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If you're new to the writings of Farley Mowat, this book is a great place to start. You will love it. If you have kids, THEY will love it. Wol and Weeps, the two feathered protagonists, are two of the most lovable pets you'll ever read about in print. Wol especially steals the show when it comes to dealing with crows, dogs, skunks, and a really mean French teacher called Fifi.
Make no mistake, Owls in the Family is a family treasure that deserves to be read time and again. Pick it up without hesitation!
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By HPW on February 15, 2016
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I grew up reading this book. I absolutely loved it. I wanted to live the life and have the adventures that he had. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a delightful story. I was so happy to find this book. I want my children to have these adventures through Farley Mowats words like I did.
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Great heartwarming stories about a boy, 2 owls and a dog. I recommend this for all ages. The cover markets this as a childrens's book, but adults who like animals will love this story too. A bird lovers' delight!
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I think I have already written a review of this. It's a great read for anyone from fourth grade through adult. A true story about two great horned owls that Farley saved as a youngster and kept for a while. His stories about them are interesting and very funny.
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This book is wonderful, but it is 'dated' in the the teens in this book, the author included do things that are major
'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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Great little summer read. My two boys ages 9&7 enjoyed this book a lot. We read it last summer and they wanted to read it again this summer. We then bought 5 copies for friends to read. A great family read aloud book.
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