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Owls in the Family by Farely Mowat

Owls in the Family

post written by Esther Filbrun
Owls in the Family by Farely Mowat

Title: Owls in the Family
Author: Farely Mowat
Major Themes: Owls, Pets
Synopsis: When Billy and his best friend Bruce find a baby Great Horned owl, Billy adopts it—and thus ensues a summer of adventures for the pair of them.

Of all the books I’ve read in my life, Owls in the Family likely has one of the most memorable humorous scenes in it. Well, more than one, I guess. When I read it aloud to some friends recently, we were chuckling over something in almost every chapter of this book! As far as I can tell, this book is a true story—so the humor in it is real-life happenings, and if you have children that enjoy humor, and especially if they like animals, this would be the perfect story for them.

Billy is always on the lookout for more pets. One summer, he decides he wants an owlet for a pet—so he and his good friend, Bruce, go owl-hunting. When they don’t find one right away, he’s somewhat discouraged—but determined to keep looking. Soon, they do manage to find some owls, but what characters they turn out to be! Where Wol was cheeky and clever, Weeps was quiet and fearful, but the two became well-loved family pets…and endured or encouraged many an escapade that eventful summer!

If you’re looking for a good animal story, Owls in the Family is definitely one you should check out. There are some very memorable scenes in this book, and I think it’s safe to say that this one is one of our family’s treasures. We haven’t read it much, but anytime we do pick it up, almost everyone is keen to hear it again! It’s a good story of children coming up with their own things to play with, and learning to get along with others as well as care for the animals they have. Highly recommended!

WARNING: There are a few words we didn’t appreciate in this story. Also, at one stage, the boys talk about a local ghost story.

Age levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 8 – 12, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 10 – 12, 12 – 15

Links to buy this book:

Amazon: Paperback | Hardcover
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Book Depository: Paperback | Hardcover

Keywords: Owls, Pets, Family Read-Alouds, Animal Stories, Historical Fiction, 20th Century History, 1900-1950 History, North America, Books for Boys

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