An interview with Farley Mowat Owls in the Family Read
Farley Mowat, Owls in the Family
Also a recent interview with Mowat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB3IQMZm7CQ
Canadian native stories: http://www.angelfire.com/ca/Indian –click at the bottom of the page for "Native Stories", and read stories 21, 97, 129.
Another Cinderella story, this one Mikmaq: http://www.kstrom.net/isk/stories/cinder3.html. I can’t figure out why this link won’t open in the course, but if you copy and paste the address, it works just fine.
please answer these questions
1 What parts of this book strike you as particularly Canadian? 2 Which parts might you find in a book by a writer from the USA?
This book is dated–does it still have an appeal to American readers, but child and adult? 3 If so, what are the appeals?
4 Is this a novel? What criteria are you using to determine your answer? 5 Does your answer change if you consider this only as a novel for children, not a
novel for a wider, adult audience?
6 Does this book appeal to girls? What would have to change to broaden its interest to both sexes of children?
7 The illustrations are obviously quite simple–what changes will you as editor suggest so that the book continues its sales appeal?
About the native tales: 8 What similarities do you see among the Canadian native tales to other stories we’ve read?