2017 International Book Award - Narrative Nonfiction Animals/Pets by American Book Fest
2017 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Bronze Medal - Nonfiction/Animals
Cheryl Aguiar has a strong connection with wildlife and a great love for exploring nature. This is the story of how she gains the trust of one of Mother Nature's most magnificent and mysterious creatures, the great horned owl. These majestic birds known as raptors have a reputation of being extremely aggressive but show a different side when struck by tragedy. With some help from her husband, Cheryl's devotion and determination to help this family of owls turns out to be one of the most gratifying decisions she has ever made. The strong-willed adult owl parents accept help from humans to keep their family safely together.
Cheryl gives us an unprecedented look into the life of these wild birds while she closely documents the journey of these two adorable owlets as they grow and experience life in the wild. Through this experience, she witnesses the struggles of survival, the amazing bond of a family, and the gift of gratitude. What makes this story special is to see how animals and humans from two different walks of life can coexist and discover that we are not so different after all. By trusting each other, working together and showing each other respect, the family of owls allow her into their world; now, they have become a part of hers. Together, Cheryl, her family, and these magnificent birds have proven ever more the statement: Where there's a will, there's a way.
"Narrator Rebekah Clark's down-to-earth style is ideal for this heartwarming story of a woman's compassion and dedication to two owlets whose nest tumbles into her yard. After some initial concern, the raptor parents allow Aguiar and her family to help their babies. Listeners will delight in getting to know Wisdom, the bigger, bolder bird, and Willow, the smaller, shyer baby, and their mama and papa. Following the owlets as they mature and hearing about Aguiar's continuing concern for their survival are moving aspects of this first-person account. Descriptions of the birds' behavior - including avian terms such as 'flop climbing' and 'hop flying' - are educational and fun. Clark's emotionally expressive voice and the story's moments of joy and sorrow make for a stellar listening experience." - AudioFile
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Great Horned Owlets Rescue
This is a lovely story, one that would be lovely to play aloud with little children, as you follow the rescue of a little family of owls. I liked that they ignored one piece of advice, "let nature takes it course" and found true help, but had to do it themselves. This a true story and the author even quotes a web link to see the pictures of these owls. There is a Disney like quality to it, with a friendly Racoon and another not so nice creature. Happy ending...
Owl be nice
Children would enjoy it