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Owl at Home (I Can Read Book 2)

Owl at Home - Arnold Lobel I came to Owl at Home rather late in life. I had a friend when I was 15/16/17/18 that lived in a different state, she and I were constantly picking up owl things to send to each other.I found this at a library sale one day and bought it for a quarter to include in the next package I sent her.I read it when I got home, and - oh my. I never actually ended up putting it in the post.Owl's Tear-water Tea was (and is) my favourite story in the book. It still appeals to me in a strangely wistful and melancholy way.Owl took the kettle out of the cupboard. “Tonight I will make tear-water tea,” he said. He put the kettle on his lap. “Now,” said Owl, “I will begin.” Owl sat very still. He began to think of things that were sad. “Chairs with broken legs,” said Owl. His eyes began to water.“Songs that cannot be sung,” said Owl, “because the words have been forgotten.” Owl began to cry. A large tear rolled down and dropped into the kettle.“Spoons that have fallen behind the stove and are never seen again,” said Owl.More tears dropped down into the kettle. “Books that cannot be read,” said Owl, “because some of the pages have been torn out.”“Clocks that have stopped,” said Owl, “with no one near to wind them up.”Owl was crying. Many large tears dropped into the kettle. “Mornings nobody saw because everybody was sleeping,” sobbed Owl.“Mashed potatoes left on a plate,” he cried, “because no one wanted to eat them. And pencils that are too short to use.”Owl thought about many other sad things. He cried and cried.Soon the kettle was all filled up with tears.“There,” said Owl. “That does it!” Owl stopped crying. He put the kettle on the stove to boil for tea. Owl felt happy as he filled his cup. “It tastes a little bit salty,” he said, “but tear-water tea is always very good.”(of course, it's better with the illustrations, so you should find a copy of this for yourself.)