The Owl’s Book

Western Barn Owls (Family Tytonidae) by Bob-Nan

Western Barn Owls (Family Tytonidae) by Bob-Nan

The Owl’s Book 

by Emma Foster

Once there was an owl that lived in the attic of a small bookstore in the countryside. The owl’s name was Art. He was a brown barn owl. He enjoyed living in the attic of the bookstore because he could observe the people coming and going in the bookstore and he could keep the mouse population under control.

Everyday Art would stare through a small hole in the ceiling to watch people buy books. There were different sized books, some of them being extremely thin and others the size of a dictionary or even larger. All different ages of people were in the bookstore too. Some were little children coming with their parents and some were very old.

Art became so used to staring at all of the people and all of the books that he began to learn how a book was actually written. He would often hear people reading out loud to their children.

Ink and Feather for Owl Book ©©

Ink and Feather for Owl Book ©©

One day Art decided to write his own book. At night, he flew into the supply room and borrowed a cup, paper, and ink. He used one of his feathers to dip in the ink and started writing.

Art wrote about what it was like living above a bookstore. He wrote about the strategies of catching mice, and also wrote a detailed commentary on the history of owls. When he finished, his book was over a hundred pages long. Art took it down to the checkout desk that night, and when the bookstore owner came in the next day and found Art’s book, he decided to read it. When he finished, the bookstore owner decided to publish it.

Eventually, Art’s book reached the bestsellers’ list and was placed in the window in the front of the store. No one ever knew who wrote the book titled “The Life of an Owl who Lives in a Bookstore.” To the end of Art’s days, no one ever knew who wrote the bestselling book because it only said “written by an owl.”

The End

Lee’s Addition:

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! (Job 19:23 KJV)

Well, we have another great story from our young budding author. Emma has been regularly helping to building our Bird Tales library. If you haven’t checked out her tales, check these out:

Emma Foster:


One thought on “The Owl’s Book

  1. Job 19:23 has surely been a special verse for many a writer over the years! And now we know who that mysterious owl-author was, who wrote that famous history on owls: Art! Thanks for this delightful report, Emma! By the way, look for a soon-coming article in ACTS & FACTS ( ), the November AD2015 issue, on page 20, “The Ghost Army: Lesson in Threat Reversal Mimicry”, which will note how mourning doves make noises like rodent-eating owls (compare Isaiah 38:14 with Micah 1:8), and thus scare away rodents who might otherwise eat the vulnerable dove youngsters.

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