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Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by [O'Brien, Stacey]
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Starred Review. Owls permeate literature and mythology, an ancient animal ("some 97 million years" old) that has fascinated for centuries; still, few people have had as intimate an encounter with the mysterious night birds as biologist O'Brien. As a student researcher at Caltech, she fell in love with an injured four-day-old barn owl and seized the opportunity to adopt him permanently. She named him Wesley, and for 19 years kept, cared for and studied him, forging a tremendous relationship with the still-wild animal, as well as a vast understanding of his abilities, instincts and habits: "He was my teacher, my companion, my child, my playmate, my reminder of God." Her heartwarming story is buttressed by lessons on owl folklore, temperament ("playful and inquisitive"), skills, and the brain structure that gives them some amazing abilities, like spotting a mouse "under three feet of snow by homing in on just the heartbeat." It also details her working life among fellow scientists, a serious personal health crisis, and the general ins and outs of working with animals. This memoir will captivate animal lovers and, though not necessarily for kids, should hold special appeal for Harry Potter fans who've always envied the boy wizard his Hedwig.
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"Heartwarming.... This memoir will captivate animal lovers." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1185 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416551735
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 19 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UCOZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
From beginning to end - this story of author Stacey O'Brien and her Owl Wesley is one of discovery and joy, laughter and tears. Wesley is a little "human", only with feathers. To read this novel and know that Wesley totally got what his "mom" Stacey was saying to him and showing him as he grew to an adult owl is nothing short of amazing (some things never witnessed in the behavoir of Barn Owls - i.e. he took baths and "owl showers" and Barn Owls hate hate hate water! Wesley rocks and this is one of my favorite novels of the year. Bravo to Stacey O'Brien - a Great Life Story well told.
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This is a wonderful story about a biologist Stacey O'Brien. She was asked to care for a baby barn owl with an injured wing. The next nineteen years were devoted to studying and caring for Wesley. Stacey loved Wesley with all her heart, and in many ways, revolved her life around him. They developed their own way of communicating with each other. From Wesley's body language, Stacey always knew what his next move was going to be. Through Wesley's eyes, she was able to identify a long list of his emotions. Wesley was truly an amazing owl and he loved Stacey as much as she loved him. They learned from each other and that is what makes this book so remarkable.

Throughout this book, the author tells many stories about her fellow scientists. Some of these stories are quite funny, and some are not. The life of a scientist is not always pretty, and that would be putting it mildly, but they do it for their love of science. They are dedicated men and women who love their work. They strive to make the world a better place. I would highly recommend this book.
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Wesley the owl is a charming, funny, wonderful book from start to finish. You will fall in love, read it over and over and recommend it onto everyone you know.
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I love true stories about animals, and this one definitely lives up to my expectations. Stacey combines tellings of personal details with biological reasoning and explanations. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I learned a lot of remarkable details about owls and animals in general while at the same time enjoying an endearing and remarkable story.
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This is a story about a barn-owl. I never thought I would fall in love with an owl , but I did. It is a funny and heartwarming book.
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This book is wonderful! Kids, older kids, adults...I've shared this book with others and everyone loves it!
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