Book Review: The House of Owls by Tony Angell
Posted by Amanda Carpentier on
Looking for a new book to read or a gift for a fellow owl lover? The House of Owls is a perfect choice.
Imagine settling into your home in the Pacific Northwest and essentially becoming friends with the birds and animals in your backyard. This is the story of Tony Angell, in 6 chapters spanning 186 pages with a full biography listing 6 pages of referenced materials. Many of the drawings are by the author, who is a renowned naturalist-artist and sculptor.
When I first picked up this book I had no idea what was inside. I expected a few drawings or photos and some stories. Instead, it's a masterfully written diary and anthology with a variety of equally masterful owl and nature drawings. First, you'll enjoy reading the set of saw-whet owls who became part of his life and their activities around and in a nesting box outside Angell's home.
Within the remainder of chapters you'll discover how our culture has been influenced by owls, 19 species of owls in North America (with maps), how owls interact with humans, and all the sundry details to understand these incredible creatures.
If you're not a fan of non-fiction, or struggle with encyclopedia-style books, don't worry. The House of Owls is engaging, interesting, and a visual treat. It is available in a variety of formats and places, including some libraries. Get your copy today and let me know what you think.
Do you have a favorite owl book? I'd love to hear what you think, so be sure to send me a message.
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