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    This book was not what I was expecting Full disclosure I had no idea who Sy Montgomery was when I got this book a

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    Yes it's a fast read But it's a wonderful book to read aloud to an older child And of course Sy's prose is also b

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    MONTGOMERY Sy author GREEN Rebecca illustrator How to Be a Good Creature A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Natural science writer Montgomery possesses the rare ability to write eually engaging prose for adults ten books and children sixteen This book her twenty seventy works eually well for both it’s simply e

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    Don't be fooled by the mystical prose and illustrations of cute little animals This book is dark with a capital 'D' I read a few poetic pages on line and thought it might be suitable for our family Received the book opened to a random page and read 'crimson blood' and a bizarre decapitation of a chicken No thank

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A New York Times bestseller National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and uirks of 13 animals her friends who have profoundly affected her in this stunning poetic and life affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative No one knows this better than author naturalist and adventurer Sy Montgomery To research her books Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals From tarantulas to tigers Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and uirks of thirteen animals Sy's friends and the truths revealed by their grace It also explores vast themes the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all how to be a good creature in the world. Yes it s a fast read But it s a wonderful book to read aloud to an older child And of course Sy s prose is also beautiful I bought 6 of them to give at Christmas I m still blown away by the high uality ALSOI can SEE THE PRINTwhew I m 60 and have cataracts I m really tired of ordering books I cant read because I can t see the tiny print Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic research her books Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's A Daddy for Christmas restorative memoir Banned in Britain reflects on the personalities and uirks of thirteen animals Sy's friends and the truths Hour of the Beast revealed by their grace It also explores vast themes the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all how to be a good creature in the world. Yes it s a fast Dictionary Of Dreams read But it s a wonderful book to The Love of a Latino read aloud to an older child And of course Sy s prose is also beautiful I bought 6 of them to give at Christmas I m still blown away by the high uality ALSOI can SEE THE PRINTwhew I m 60 and have cataracts I m Other Days, Other Eyes really tired of ordering books I cant Deception Island read because I can t see the tiny print

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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

A New York Times bestseller National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and uirks of 13 animals her friends who have profoundly affected her in this stunning poetic and life affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative No one knows this better than author naturalist and adventurer Sy Montgomery To research her books Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals From tarantulas to tigers Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and uirks of thirteen animals Sy's friends and the truths revealed by their grace It also explores vast themes the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all how to be a good creature in the world. MONTGOMERY Sy author GREEN Rebecca illustrator How to Be a Good Creature A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Natural science writer Montgomery possesses the rare ability to write eually engaging prose for adults ten books and children sixteen This book her twenty seventy works eually well for both it s simply enough written for children to enjoy it plus the illustrations and photographs are wonderful and has enough substance to appeal to interested grownups Montgomery is probably best known for The Good Good Pig 2007 a memoir about her much loved pet pig Christopher Hogwood who appears in this book too I came across her through her 2015 The Soul of an Octopus A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness The octopus Olivia who is one of the principal characters in Soul appears also in this bookMontgomery s particular virtues as a nature writer are three She is well trained in natural science so she doesn t make overly anthropomorphic observations about the animals she is observing Secondly she doesn t fall into the B F Skinner trap of thinking animals especially invertebrate ones incapable of choice or feelings Emotions she writes aren t confined to humans A far worse mistake than misreading an animal s emotions is to assume the animal hasn t any emotions at all Thus she could relate to an octopus by watching to see what turned the creature on Octavia enjoyed me I think because we liked to play with each other Our games weren t like baseball or dolls They were like versions of patty cake but with suckers She studies a group of emus skittish creatures who usually flee humans but who became so used to her that they allowed her to come within five feet and sleep the night with them She watches them grooming themselves and observes I loved seeing them groom their stringy brown feathers As their beaks combed roughly through the barbules of their feathers it recalled for me sunny sofa bound afternoons with my grandmother brushing my hair I imagined how good it felt for them I found myself sharing their pleasure in this calming intimate act This is a lovely observation but it also helps us try to get under the skin of a creature not at all tamed or even tameable and radically different from usLastly it s her love for respect for admiration for animals that wins you over Encountering a tarantula for the first time It was as impressive as meeting a tiger Confronting an ermine Here before me was one of the world s smallest carnivores It is as if all the ferocity of the world s wild hunters lions tigers wolverines has been concentrated into a creature who weighs less than half a pound uick as lightning an ermine can leap into the air to kill a bird as it takes flight or follow a lemming down a tunnel It can swim climb trees and bring down an animal many times its size with a single bite to the neck and then drag it away An ermine consumes five to ten meals a day It needs to eat at least a uarter to a third of its own weight just to survive in captivity and much in the wild especially during the cold winter These little hearts beat nearly four hundred times a minute No wonder they kill everything they can at every opportunity They are glorious in their single minded ferocity The other creatures she discusses in this lovely book include the Scotty she grew up with as a child her own border collies a clutch of hens and a pair of young tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea whom her team captured anesthetized fitted with radio tracking collars and then released back into the wild But before they released the pair they named them And the names they gave them not Sy s choice but the team s were Christopher and Tess which happened to be the names of Sy s recently deceased pet pig and dog The Hero of Varay reflects on the personalities and uirks of 13 animals her friends who have profoundly affected her in this stunning poetic and life affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative No one knows this better than author naturalist and adventurer Sy Montgomery To Blackmailed By Daddy rarest and most beautiful animals From tarantulas to tigers Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets This उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] restorative memoir Cock Tales reflects on the personalities and uirks of thirteen animals Sy's friends and the truths Son of the Hero revealed by their grace It also explores vast themes the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all how to be a good creature in the world. MONTGOMERY Sy author GREEN Rebecca illustrator How to Be a Good Creature A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Natural science writer Montgomery possesses the The Alien Jigsaw rare ability to write eually engaging prose for adults ten books and children sixteen This book her twenty seventy works eually well for both it s simply enough written for children to enjoy it plus the illustrations and photographs are wonderful and has enough substance to appeal to interested grownups Montgomery is probably best known for The Good Good Pig 2007 a memoir about her much loved pet pig Christopher Hogwood who appears in this book too I came across her through her 2015 The Soul of an Octopus A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness The octopus Olivia who is one of the principal characters in Soul appears also in this bookMontgomery s particular virtues as a nature writer are three She is well trained in natural science so she doesn t make overly anthropomorphic observations about the animals she is observing Secondly she doesn t fall into the B F Skinner trap of thinking animals especially invertebrate ones incapable of choice or feelings Emotions she writes aren t confined to humans A far worse mistake than misreading an animal s emotions is to assume the animal hasn t any emotions at all Thus she could Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning relate to an octopus by watching to see what turned the creature on Octavia enjoyed me I think because we liked to play with each other Our games weren t like baseball or dolls They were like versions of patty cake but with suckers She studies a group of emus skittish creatures who usually flee humans but who became so used to her that they allowed her to come within five feet and sleep the night with them She watches them grooming themselves and observes I loved seeing them groom their stringy brown feathers As their beaks combed The Illusion of Gods Presence roughly through the barbules of their feathers it Folk Tales From The Soviet Union recalled for me sunny sofa bound afternoons with my grandmother brushing my hair I imagined how good it felt for them I found myself sharing their pleasure in this calming intimate act This is a lovely observation but it also helps us try to get under the skin of a creature not at all tamed or even tameable and Not The Hot Chick radically different from usLastly it s her love for Pegged and Plugged at the Club respect for admiration for animals that wins you over Encountering a tarantula for the first time It was as impressive as meeting a tiger Confronting an ermine Here before me was one of the world s smallest carnivores It is as if all the ferocity of the world s wild hunters lions tigers wolverines has been concentrated into a creature who weighs less than half a pound uick as lightning an ermine can leap into the air to kill a bird as it takes flight or follow a lemming down a tunnel It can swim climb trees and bring down an animal many times its size with a single bite to the neck and then drag it away An ermine consumes five to ten meals a day It needs to eat at least a uarter to a third of its own weight just to survive in captivity and much in the wild especially during the cold winter These little hearts beat nearly four hundred times a minute No wonder they kill everything they can at every opportunity They are glorious in their single minded ferocity The other creatures she discusses in this lovely book include the Scotty she grew up with as a child her own border collies a clutch of hens and a pair of young tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea whom her team captured anesthetized fitted with Tunnel Through Time radio tracking collars and then Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 released back into the wild But before they Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 released the pair they named them And the names they gave them not Sy s choice but the team s were Christopher and Tess which happened to be the names of Sy s Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 recently deceased pet pig and dog

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A New York Times bestseller National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and uirks of 13 animals her friends who have profoundly affected her in this stunning poetic and life affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative No one knows this better than author naturalist and adventurer Sy Montgomery To research her books Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals From tarantulas to tigers Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and uirks of thirteen animals Sy's friends and the truths revealed by their grace It also explores vast themes the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all how to be a good creature in the world. This book was not what I was expecting Full disclosure I had no idea who Sy Montgomery was when I got this book and I was sort of expecting a generic these are the life lessons you can learn from these thirteen animals and you know there would be a chapter on the perseverance of the hedgehog and the self confidence of the lion You know things like that Happily this book is much nuanced and interesting It s basically a brief look into parts of author naturist and adventurist Sy Montgomery s exciting life via her interactions with thirteen animals and the life lessons she learned from them The animals ranged from domesticated pets 4 of her dogs make the list to tree kangaroos emus and a tarantula among others Except for the tree kangaroos and maybe the ermine she usually has extensive interactions with the animals over a period of time and talks about how the relationship formed and what it meantmeans to herThis book is pretty short only 180 pages or so with decent line spacing and font size and some lovely illustrations The chapters are pretty short and through them we learn a bit about Montgomery s life as sometimes the animals make her think ofreflect on her parents mainly her mother but mainly she just does a wonderful job of describing her feelings encountering these animals and the wonders they taught her There are sad parts like when her dogs died but the story that affected me the most was with Octavia the octopus I feel I learned a lot about octopi octopusses and I legitimately got teared up during that chapterI like to think that I am an animal person I love animals but not like Montgomery They are truly her passion I feel not only did I learn a lot about different types of animals even typical ones like pigs and dogs the book made me realize how much there is to learn from animals I have a three year old who is very interested in animals and this book makes me want to continue to cultivate that love and appreciation as he grows I hope he will look to animals to learn to be a good creature