Billy copes with the amusing problems and boyish adventures of having two owls as uncaged pets.
We are told, autobiographically, how Billy retrieves and makes pets of two owls. "Wol" was saved from a downed tree in a prairie wood, outside Saskatoon. "Weeps" was rescued from boyish brutality, in town. We learn how Wol scares off the maid, upsets Billy's teacher, scares off threatening, bigger boys and discovers he cannot swim. "Wol" even liked to ride on Billy's bicycle handle bars. It's a fun and easy read.
Katie loves soaking up sights, smells and sounds the early mornings that are hers alone, as she hikes to fetch the morning paper.
Katie loves the atmosphere of the morning, not just for the things that she sees, but because she see them alone. It is her happy time for herself. It's what makes each thing more interesting. The writing is rhythmic and pretty, though at times 'run on' as it describes Katie's experiences with nature. Time alone is important to independent thought, but we see no such thing in Katie's passive sojourn.
Barbie shows smart ways to deal with sleepover fears.
Barbie helps her sister's friend Emily feel at home during her sleepover. She explains that homesickness is normal and will fade, helps her phone home, provides lots of entertainment and leaves the hall light on at night. This story is useful, but not exactly "a keeper".