Owls in Our Yard!

The Story of Alfie

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Pub Date 25 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 31 May 2024
W. W. Norton & Company | Norton Young Readers

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Description

A baby owl is rescued and rehabilitated, and builds her own family, in this tender and wise picture book.

In the spring of 2019, ecologist Carl Safina and his wife, Patricia, took in little Alfie, a bedraggled Eastern Screech Owl chick who quickly became part of their family. With the Safinas’ care and expertise, the little owl grew, learned to hunt on her own, and eventually found her own family in a mate and chicks. As time passed, Carl realized that his bond with Alfie was greater than just saving her life—it offered wisdom, joy, and magic to him in return.

Carl Safina lends an insightful and expert voice to Alfie’s tale, providing readers with a perspective that is simultaneously informative and deeply personal. With eye-catching, intimate photographs chronicling Alfie’s healing and growth, Owls in Our Yard is the heartfelt story of an animal/human friendship rooted in trust, care, and respect for the natural world.

About the Author: Carl Safina is a professor at Stony Brook University and the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" fellowship. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Time, the Guardian, Audubon, and National Geographic.

A baby owl is rescued and rehabilitated, and builds her own family, in this tender and wise picture book.

In the spring of 2019, ecologist Carl Safina and his wife, Patricia, took in little Alfie, a...


Advance Praise

 "Safina smoothly incorporates owl facts into his personal narrative, and his investment in Alfie’s well-being—further evidenced by the numerous, adorable color photos of her—will be reciprocated wholeheartedly by the reader.... Nonfiction and nature lovers will be swept up by this heartening story. A natural fit for Sy Montgomery fans and fledgling Scientists in the Field readers." - Booklist, Starred Review

"Safina smoothly incorporates owl facts into his personal narrative, and his investment in Alfie’s well-being—further evidenced by the numerous, adorable color photos of her—will be reciprocated...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781324053194
PRICE US$18.99 (USD)
PAGES 48

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What a great story about the natural world and filled with photographs worthy of National Geographic. As indicated by the publisher's blurb, it is the story of one tiny rescued owl and those who ensured her survival as well as those of her progeny at a time in the human world when life was viewed as more precious because of the restrictions and more because of a growing pandemic. The reading level is no less than middle school but is well suited for reading alone or WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to everyone, but especially to a school, hospital, or your local public library!
I requested and received a free temporary advance uncorrected proof on Adobe Digital Editions from W. W. Norton & Company/Norton Young Readers via NetGalley. Thank you!

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What a fun book learning about how this family helped a rescued near death screech owl. Their lives were then blessed because they got to watch the owl they helped return to nature raise 3 broods and put 10 new screech owls out into the world from the safety of their yard and love. What a fun experience they must have each year as Alfie comes back to their yard to raise her latest babies.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for the chance to read this ARC.

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