Borden Watson goes to the giant redwood forest for one reason: to shoot spotted owls. They are the reason his dad has lost his job as a logger, and Borden hates them. But when he comes across a baby owl who has fallen out of its nest, Borden can't resist the tiny elf-like creature. And luckily, this owlet doesn't have spots, so it must be a barred owl-not the enemy. Borden takes the little owl home and names it Bardy. Before long, Bardy wins over each member of Borden's owl-hating family. Even his father pitches in to take care of the hungry owlet. But what will happen when they find out that Bardy is really a spotted owl? Award-winning nature writer Jean Craighead George weaves valuable ecological information into this heartwarming story of a family's love affair with a very special little owl. Young listeners will be fascinated as they learn about owls and their endangered forest habitat.
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by Karma Wilson
by Jean Craighead George
by Joyce McDonald
by Stephen Krensky
by David Ezra Stein
"Jean Craighead George is well known in children's literature for her ability to combine fiction and nonfiction stories with lots of information about the natural world. In THERE'S AN OWL IN THE SHOWER, George tells us about the plight of the snowy owl in the disappearing northern redwood forests and what it means to the loggers who have survived for decades by cutting down those very trees the owls need to survive. Intending to shoot the snowy owls so his father can return to work, Borden inadvertently brings an owlet home, and learns about caring for owls, why the forests need to be protected. Ed Sala does a nice job portraying the various characters, using slight changes in intonation and energy level. But he excels as Borden's father--gruff, slow, and angry at first, then mellower and more involved as he comes to understand the owl, and what it will take to keep him alive. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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