We’ve just finished reading Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture (book 1) by Kathyrn Lasky. In this book, the first in the GUARDIANS series, the reader is introduced to Soren, a barn owl and the centerpiece of the series. When Soren is pushed from his family’s nest by his older brother, he is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie’s. When Soren arrives at St. Aggie’s, he suspects there is more to the school than meets the eye. He and his new friend, Gylfie, find out that St. Aggie’s is actually a training camp where the school’s leader can groom young owls to help achieve her goal.
The kids and I absolutely loved this book. We also enjoyed the movie that was recently in the theaters. Like most books that have been made into a movie, however, there were several differences between the two. This provided a great opportunity to compare and contrast the two with a Venn diagram. As we have focused on owls a few times in our nature studies, we also took time to discuss the scientific accuracy of the book.
If you are reading this book, I encourage you to take the time to also explore owl pellets, feathers, and if possible live bird encounters at a local wildlife rehabilitation center near you.
P.S. For those who don’t know, Book Sharing Monday is hosted by Alex at Canadian Home Learning. You can join in as well as find others participating weekly.
You can also find numerous owl themed nature study suggestions at Barb’s Handbook of Nature Study.