Archive for the ‘Books on Animals’ Category

Popular Books Depicting Animals As Heroes: Touching Tales

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today is World Animal Day, the day to remember and pay tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. Started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species, this day was declared to be celebrated every year on October 4 as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

To pay our tribute to all the animals and animal-lovers on World Animal Day, we have enlisted below some popular books that represent the story of animal’s heroic presence in human lives. The animals in these books teach us some of the life’s greatest lessons; lessons on what it is to be a rescuer, forgiver, and a loyal and self-sacrificing companion. And, the most important, how to love and care unconditionally everyone we love as well as all those whom we’re endeared by. Since we’re targeted here our adult readers, this list doesn’t carry any title from the children’s book category. Here goes the list:  

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron – This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives, touching on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, this is a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron – How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can’t even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa. This is a true story of a cat, Dewey who won the heart of people from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most. Dewey taught every human came to his way the lesson to overcome any crisis with happiness.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell - A handsome and sweet-tempered horse, Black Beauty is strong and spirited. His mother warns him that there are bad, cruel men in the world, but he sees none of it in his fine, happy home, until the day when he is sold, when his life changes immeasurably and he finally sees the truth in his mother’s words. This is the story of Black Beauty’s own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Through beauty’ story, Anna give a universal and timeless message: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all.

Animals as Teachers and Healers: True Stories and Reflections by Susan Chernak McElroy – Susan Chernak McElroy credits her astounding triumph over cancer to the love of the animals in her life. In this moving epic, she shares her remarkable story along with true stories from others who have been touched by the loving energies of animals. This book stories like a German Shepherd cocoons its body around a toddler during a house fire; a coyote gives a couple wisdom about their rebellious daughter; a little three-legged frog imparts a valuable lesson to a frightened nine-year-old girl, and more alike. Unique and compelling, this volume invites us to reconnect with the boundless gifts of joy, wisdom, and deep healing that flow from our ageless and intimate relationship with the animal kingdom.

The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert – The author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit as well as a recognized conservationist, Beatrix Potter is still, after a century, beloved by children and adults the world over. In this first Cottage Tale, Author Susan Wittig Albert introduces Beatrix, an animal lover who has just bought a farm in England’s beautiful Lake District. As Beatrix tries to win over the hearts of her fellow villagers, her animal friends set out to solve a mystery all their own. This book works on little cozy mysteries that are told mostly from the people’s points of view, but the animals do their own investigations and share gossip also.

If you have your own favorite book with an animal as the protagonist, which didn’t make the list, please feel free to share the same with us in the comment below.

On World Turtle Day, Let the Tortoise Win Again

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today, May 23, is the World Turtle Day which is sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue (ATR). The purpose of this day is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for the world’s oldest creatures, turtles and tortoises. Existed since the time of the dinosaurs, these gentle animals have been around the world for more than 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.

The celebration of this day is a call to protect the harmless and the oldest extant species on Earth that may become in future an extinct like the dinosaurs, if we do not do anything helpful for safeguarding them. We should support the noble intention of the people and the organizations endeavoring to conserve this extant-getting-extinct species of marine world. Also, in this way, we can preserve the  essence of the famous folklore “The Tortoise and The Hare” for the coming generations.

To promote the cause of this very day, our editorial team, after making thorough online research, has compiled a list of books that will not only enhance your knowledge about the status, biology, and lives of the sea turtles,  but also let you know why it is so crucial to prevent the same from mass extinction.

Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation – For more than two hundred million years, harm less sea turtles have been living and swimming gracefully in the world’s oceans. Marine biologist James R. Spotila has spent much of his life unraveling the mysteries of these graceful creatures and working to ensure their survival. In Sea Turtles, he offers a comprehensive and compelling account of their history and life cycle based on the most recent scientific data—and suggests what we can do now to save them.

Fire In The Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean – Sea turtles are the oldest creature of the Earth, but now, suddenly, they are dying, ravaged by a mysterious plague. What is happening to the sea turtle, and how can it be stopped? In this fascinating scientific detective story, Osha Gray Davidson tracks the fervent efforts of the extraordinary scientists, marine biologists, veterinarians, and others who are worked to unravel the complicated biological and environmental puzzle behind the turtles and their extinction. Besides following the particular species of turtles, Davidson also explores the history of man’s relationship to the sea, opening a window onto the role played by humans in the increasing number of marine die-offs and extinctions.

Saving Sea Turtles: Extraordinary Stories from the Battle against Extinction -  Award-winning author James R. Spotila has done an in-depth study of the modern-day conservation movement to tell the tales of today’s sea turtle conservationists. He provides a complete overview of sea turtle biology and life cycles, discusses the human and natural world threats they face, and examines the new methods and technologies humans are using to save them. Throughout the book, Spotila dots the narrative with stories of real-life heroes who risk life and limb to understand, track, and conserve sea turtles across the globe.

Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur – Through this book, award-winning natural history expert Carl Safina makes clear that the fate of the leatherback turtle, the largest like dinosaurs, is in our hands. Safina and his colleagues has track down leatherbacks across the world’s oceans and onto remote beaches of every continent to study their biology and current status. Throughout, in his peerless prose, Safina captures the delicate interaction between these gentle giants and the humans who are playing a significant role in their survival.

Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles – Limp and frozen, a Kemp’s ridley turtle washes up on Cape Cod. When a boy named Max finds it, the turtle appears to be dead. But is it? Award-winning author Kathryn Lasky takes young readers on a riveting tour that begins on the icy shores of Cape Cod, where expert teams attempt to revive the Kemp’s ridley, and ends on the warm beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, where turtles of this rare breed are born and may return to lay eggs of their own. All sea turtles are threatened or endangered, but the Kemp’s ridley is the most endangered of all — and this awe-inspiring story makes it clear why we need to protect them.

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Books on Animals: Know Better the Kingdom Animalia

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

There is a vast kingdom of animals existed on earth which consists of thousands of species, from the tiny spider mite to the massive blue whale. Some of them are friendly to human beings and some can be harmful to them. All the animals have their own way of acting and reacting to an event or things, whether living or non-living. And, it would be pretty interesting to explore about them.

What else can offer you complete information on animal/s that you want to explore or read on than books? Among the whole lot of books on animals available with us, we have picked those books that will bring you closer to the kingdom animalia. You can also gift these books to your children or young ones to enhance their knowledge about animals. Here’s the list:

National Geographic Encyclopedia of Animals by George Mc Kay and Karen McGhee - You will meet more than 1,000 animals as you turn the pages of this Encyclopedia. This comprehensive volume lets you explore the entire animal kingdom: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and all kinds of invertebrates, from sea squirts to worms and spiders. Animals from every corner of the planet—from rugged mountain slopes to ocean depths and from steamy jungles to baking deserts and icy Polar Regions – can be found here. Overall, this adorable animal reference is sure to be welcomed by parents and librarians as well.

Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide by DK Publishing – The first publication of Animal in 2001 elicited some astonishing facts about the Kingdom Animalia, like: the African elephant has been reclassified into two species, a cat-sized rat has been discovered in Papua New Guinea, the only plant-eating spider has been found in Central America, a bird-eating fanged frog has been located in Vietnam, etc.

This new, fully revised and updated volume of Animal takes into account the latest scientific discoveries and developments with more than fifty new species. Pictures from outstanding wildlife photographers add more strength to the explanations given by natural history specialists. Animal can be a best pick to explore the incredible world of animals.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals by Catherine D. Hughes – With its colorful illustration and child-friendly format & texts, this appealing book is a best pick for children.  This exciting volume boasts magazine-like square shape, readable fonts, and fun content to keep your little ones thrilled with every colorful page.

Fully devoted to children, this book grants four pages each to 32 high-interest creatures like dolphins, tigers, butterflies, frogs, penguins, wolves, and pandas. Child-friendly text explains how animal parents take care of their young ones, how baby animals change as they grow, and how they learn to hunt and eat.

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Holland – Compiled by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, this exciting book documents back-to-back heartwarming tales of animals who, with nothing else in common, acquaints themselves in the most unexpected ways. It draws forth the friendship of a cat and a bird; a mare and a fawn; an elephant and a sheep; a snake and a hamster; the well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. It also brings into light some incredible stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf; lionness cares a baby oryx.

The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter by Ph.D. Marc Bekoff – Animals do have emotional lives, says the award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff after spending years in studying social communication of a wide range of species. In this volume, Bekoff reveals about extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love while giving reference of the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions in animals. Stuffed with Bekoff’s light humor and touching stories, this book is a clarion call to reassess the ideas on both how we view animals and how we treat them.

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson – Have you ever wondered why a cow would lick a tractor. Why are collies getting dumber? Why do dolphins sometimes kill for fun? How can a parrot learn to spell? How did wolves teach man to evolve? These are questions which Temple Grandin, an animal scientist, addresses in this book. The author observes that people with autism can often think the way animals think and therefore she puts them in the perfect position to translate “animal talk.” Her own experiences with autism helped her to deliver an extraordinary message about how animals act, think, and feel. After reading this book you will change forever the way you think about animals.

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson In her earlier best-selling book, Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew attention on her own experience with autism and how it can be used to gauge what animals think, act, and feel. Now, in this book she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life, but on their terms, not ours.

Based on the latest research in this field and on her own work, Grandin explains us how to fulfill the requirements of dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals as well. This book teaches us on how to make the healthiest environment for the dog or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising and on other common requirements or behavior of animals. This book can be productive for anyone who owns or cares an animal.

Don’t think that this is the end of story. There is a vast ocean of books on animals is available at Just hit the Animal Books category accessible at our website and number of titles would pop-up before you. You can choose books on any specific animalia which you want to read on by taking the benefit of our sub-categories including Alligator, Amphibians, Annelida, Arthropoda, Crabs, Cycliophora, Echinodermata, Horse, Insects, Reptiles, Rotifera, Sheep, Sipuncula, Zebra, etc.

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