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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (August 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618499148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618499144
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–While Noyes touches on myth, legend, history, and some science, this personal account is more about the bond humans and animals share. Close-up, black-and-white photos appear throughout, along with line art. The handsome layout features include reverse type on black pages, gray captions and headings, and full-page art behind the text, lending the presentation a sophisticated, coffee-table-book quality. Dedicated readers will find interesting facts and stories about animals, zoos, and how humans have related to animals over time, but the unevenness of the content mars the narrative. Noyes is a skilled photographer and has experience as a zookeeper, but as she admits, much of what she is trying to convey is elusive, beyond the reach of words. The book's real strength is its design. At best, this volume works as a browsers' delight, to pick up and put down, enjoying the photos or reading short segments describing devil cats, pigs on trial, or clever horses. The bibliography, despite its incomplete format, offers a fascinating list of titles and reveals a diverse collection of sources broadly encompassing the subject.–Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
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From Booklist

In this insightful, provocative photo-essay, Noyes examines the ways that human lives have overlapped with animals and how our beliefs, culture, and science have been impacted throughout history by the essential but frequently paradoxical human-animal connection. Noyes, a former zookeeper, devotes significant discussion to conservation and the ethics of keeping animals in captivity, including a lengthy debate about zoos, noting that zoos provide an opportunity to bring humans and animals together but alter the natural behavior of the animals on exhibit. Readers will find the provocative questions Noyes raises compelling and challenging, and the lyrical, urgent prose, along with beautiful black-and-white photos of the animals up close, will draw serious readers and browsers alike. Suggest this for classroom debate fodder as well as personal reading for animal lovers. Ed Sullivan
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fabienne on August 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my 15 year old daughter who is very interested in animals. Her rave reviews inspired my husband and I to read. We all love it! The manner in which Deborah Noyes intertwined myth, history, science and humanity in this book made it both educational and a page turner.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Wilson on April 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book as research for a book I am working on about animals, technology and children. Even though this book was written for the younger sect I really enjoyed it. The historical references were all very interesting and the author had numerous stories about all kinds of animals. The author talks about evolution but not in a way to pick a side but only to show its significance throughout animal and human history. This book is not what I expected but I was very happy with what I found in it.
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By Richard F. Dyer on January 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for all animal lovers. Although I believe it was intended for adults, I got it for my 12 year old neice.
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More About the Author

Deb Noyes writes adult historical fiction, young adult novels and nonfiction, and children's books, and is an editor and photographer. Born in California, she has lived most of her adult life in Massachusetts, working all manner of day jobs to support the writing habit -- from bartender and book reviewer to children's book editor and zookeeper. She's the only person she knows who's been bitten by a dwarf lemur.