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Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl Paperback – June 2, 2009
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"Wesley the Owl is beautiful, funny, transcendental, fascinating, and powerful. I loved this book!" -- Lynne Cox, author of Grayson and Swimming to Antarctica
"This compelling story sheds a bright, shining light into the world of animal emotions and the powerful bonds forged between animals and humans. A heartfelt journey of life and love with one of nature's wild creatures, Wesley the Owl is a must-read story of faith, compassion, and selfless devotion." -- Jay Kopelman, author of From Baghdad, With Love and From Baghdad to America
"Most 'me and my bird' stories are mildly entertaining at best, but Wesley the Owl is a different animal altogether. Stacey O'Brien got to know this owl with a unique combination of deep scientific understanding and rare emotional intensity, and the result is stunning, unforgettable. Read this book and you will never see owls, or humans, in the same light again." -- Kenn Kaufman, author of Kingbird Highway and Flights Against the Sunset
"This fun book reminded me of Marley & Me, but with wings. Warm, weird, and wonderful, Wesley the Owl is proof that man's best friend sometimes has feathers." -- Mark Obmascik, author of The Big Year
"An inside look at the mind of an owl. If you are interested in animal intelligence, you should read this book." -- Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
"The best of love stories between two intelligent beings, told (by the human) with good humor and remarkable insights into the mind of an owl -- I couldn't put it down." -- Donald Kroodsma, Ph.D., professor emeritus at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of The Singing Life of Birds
"[S]weet, quirky memoir....[T]his little guy's such a character." -- USA Today
"Wesley will make you wonder if owls are not at least as wise as humans and as capable of compassion. Wesley the Owl will stretch your notions about the limits of interspecies communication and love. It will entertain, delight and, finally, cause you to weep. Guaranteed." -- Sam Keen, author of Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters With Ordinary Birds
"Stacey O'Brien tells the intriguing story of how her life was changed and rearranged when she attempted to tame and raise Wesley -- a barn owl. She shows us how she was ultimately repaid with his love and devotion, and given glimpses into the mind of an animal that has an unexpected ability to understand human language and to communicate. Fascinating!" -- Stanley Coren, psychologist and author of How Dogs Think and Why Does My Dog Act That Way?
Top Customer Reviews
If you have children read Wesley to them and experience the book as a family. You won't regret it.
While I don't believe the average person should take in a wild animal, I disagree with the reviewer who felt Wesley should have either been released back to the wild to die young, due to his nerve-damaged wing, or killed as a baby. How the world would have been diminished if he hadn't been alive in it for 19 years!! How much we would not have learned about owls and their intelligence and their capacity to love and learn! I don't find anything "humane" about euthanizing a baby rather than allowing a loving professional to raise it and allow it a really full life. Because the author is a professional, she was able to record information and owl communication that other scientists would never have had access to otherwise. And, not only was Wesley allowed to enjoy a full life, but the author's life was enriched by their relationship, and the lives of everyone who reads their story are also enriched by it.Read more ›
The Way of the Owl is the Way of the Macaw as well.
Readers of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle will note more similarities in the human-'animal' relationship set forth here in chapter after fascinating chapter. They teach us more than they learn from us. They wait, sometimes impatiently, for us to catch up with them.
The author's recounting Wesley's ongoing narratives of their life is spot-on. Birds whose life you share do this, for the sheer joy of it, for creativity and self expression. For reasons we can never know. They are the most giving, sharing creatures. And as for welcomes home...your dog will show she's glad to see you, but your bird will tell you how glad, and all that she's been thinking and feeling and doing while you were apart.
Read Wesley the Owl, and know that all creatures are conscious. All creatures. You will cry at the end, and afterward just thinking about it. Then you will run to every precious animal that blesses your life and, through tears, tell them how wonderful they are. And they will understand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super cute and moving story, if you love animal stories you'll love this one.Published 1 day ago by Jordan P.
This book was touching and very informative. Shared with friends after discovering it at the library.Published 26 days ago by Jane Ann Carver
It's is one of the best books I have read. I will admit I am an animal lover so you can imagine how hard I laughed and cried. What a wonderful story and it's a true story.Published 28 days ago by Linda S. Anderson
Thank you, Stacey, for sharing your remarkable story with Wessley. I can't find the right words how extra ordinaire your life with Wessley was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D M Heusser