Showing posts with label 2009 - Support Your Local Library Challenge; 2009 In Their Shoes Challenge; New Authors Challenge 2009. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

30 - Wesley the Owl; Stacey O'Brien

I am one animal lover who enjoys to read books about strong animal/human bonds, so naturally, I was really looking forward to: Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl.

This was the story of a young Lab Tech who, in 1985 took a four day old, injured barn owl "under her wings". The two developed a special bond which lasted some 19 years. Since the baby owl was unable to fly long distances, it would have been unlikely that the owl could have survived on his own in the wild.

The book was filled with interesting facts about owl behavior (some pretty strange as well). For example: Barn Owls mate for life, and often when the mate dies, the surviving owl often sinks into a deep depression, staring at the bark of the tree, until it eventually dies. Wesley feasted on some 28,000 mice over the course of his lifetime, and Stacey and Wesley even developed a form of communication over the years. Stacey was actually able to understand what his cries and screeching meant.

This book was fairly short, and it had several very cute pictures of Wesley, but honestly, I was a little disappointed in this book --- I found the writing lacking. I had very high expectations. Somehow, I thought that this book would be more like Alex and Me; Pepperberg which was the story of a Harvard Professor and her African Gray parrot. Alex stole my heart, Wesley did not, so in comparison, this book was inferior in my opinion.

RATING - 3.5/5 - COMPLETED - 2/18/09

WHERE FROM: Library