1. 'What are you going to do with him, Harry?'

2. 'Let him go. He doesn't like this cage half so well as his old oak tree. A young owl can be tamed easily, but this one is too old to tame.'

3. 'But won't he catch all your ducklings and little chickens?'

4. 'No, not while there are any rats or mice around. Father says an owl is a good mouser, and can catch more mice than half a dozen cats.'

5. 'I'm glad I had a look at him before you let him go. What soft feathers he has!'

6. 'Yes, he can fly so softly that you can scarcely hear him, and for this reason he can easily surprise and capture his prey.'

7. 'How comical he looks, winking his big eyes slowly, and turning his head from side to side!'

8. 'Yes; he is watching your dog. Be still. Bounce!

9. 'We have just found out a funny thing about his way of eating. He breaks the bones of a mouse, and then swallows it whole. After an hour or two, he throws up the bones and fur rolled up in a little ball.'

Teaching Guide:

Step 1: Study the New Words

  • Listen to the new words.
  • Recite each of the new words aloud.

Step 2: Examine the Lesson Image

Describe the image, its setting, and its characters.

Step 3: Read the Lesson Passage

  • Find each new word in the passage.
  • Practice reading the passage, both silently and aloud.
  • Upon mastering the passage, recite it aloud to your instructor.

Step 4: Complete Lesson Copywork, Narration, and Dictation

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Step 5: Discuss the Lesson

  • How do owls eat and digest their prey differently than humans?
  • Do you think the boys will let the owl go? Why or why not?