You probably would be surprised to hear someone in your family to say, "There's an Owl in the Shower!" but one family did just that! You'll never guess how a baby owl got into the shower.
Life had become hard for Borden's family. His father was a logger who cuts down trees for lumber, but new environmental laws have been passed to protect the spotted owl and the trees in its habitat. The trees in their world could no longer be cut down. Borden's father loses his job.
Borden's family depended on his father's salary to pay their food and home, so when his dad loses his job, he becomes sad and depressed. Seeing this, Borden is furious and sets out to get revenge on the spotted owls. Does Borden kill the guilty spotted owls? No, before he can rid the forest of the owls, Borden discovers an innocent, half-starved owlet that has fallen out of his nest.
Should Borden just walk into his house and say, "Look what I found, Dad? Can I keep him?" Can you guess what his father would have said? Can you guess where Borden hid the owlet?
Do you think they family will kill the owlet when they discovers him?
Borden names the owlet Bardy, and the family soon discovers that the bird, loves to take showers and watch late-night TV. What could possibly happen when the family falls in love with the little bird? Can Borden's father warm up to him?
There's an Owl in the Shower introduces the conflict between loggers in California's old-growth forests and nature. Resolving the problem is not so easy. Borden's family is as warm and loving as the little owl is beautiful, innocent, and precious. Are environmental concerns about saving the forests and spotted owls more important than economic concerns in loggers' jobs and lumber for houses?
nature writer Jean Craighead George tells a heartwarming story about this
family and their love affair with a special little owl. The story invites
the reader to see the stages of the bird's life and to understand the
concerns of those who lose their jobs to protect him.
For classroom connections, Kids Wings Literature Guide for There's an Owl in the Shower will extend the adventure, hone and practice reading and math skills, stimulate interaction, inspire problem-solving, and lay the foundation for positive character development, and provide the framework for understanding the delicate balance between the forest ecosystem and human economic needs.
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There's an Owl in the Shower is a heartwarming story of a family's love of each other and the forest in which they live. You'll want to be a part of it.
Images: Spotted Owls
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