Owls in the Family

Author(s): 
Farley Mowat
Copyright: 
1961
Publisher: 
Yearling
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
91 pages
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Owls in the Family is a wonderful story of a few years in the life of a young boy growing up in Canada, his friends, and his unusual pets. This tale, by distinguished author Farley Mowat, is told in the first person, recounting hilarious episodes with colorful descriptions, proving that real life can be even more fun than a made-up story.

Billy’s newest pets, horned owls named Wol and Weeps, add an entirely new dimension to an already chaotic, pet-filled home. His tolerant parents and adventurous friends enjoy one challenging situation after another as the owls become beloved family members. Readers will enjoy learning about the habits of owls and other animals on the Canadian prairie as the owls outsmart Mutt the dog, attend French class, and torment the postman.

This classic novel will appeal to all elementary-aged children who enjoy stories about animals. It is a particularly good selection for reading aloud, as well as being especially well-suited for young boys.

Review Date: 
9-29-2008
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