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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Printing edition (November 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740726951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740726958
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There may be no more effective argument against environmental devastation than gorgeous photographs of adorable endangered animals-and this book is packed with them, accompanied by heartfelt entreaties about the looming extinction of dozens of species. Australian author Greive (The Blue Day Book; The Meaning of Life) writes an impassioned plea for environmental consciousness that glides between poetic ("you are the whole world, not just the space inside your clothes") and matter-of-fact ("It seems clear that our species is destined to be the cause of the sixth extinction"). The accompanying pictures by wildlife photographer Mitsuaki Iwago are captivating snapshots of disappearing animal worlds: a lion cub resting at sunset on the savanna, an elephant advancing across a plain while hundreds of white birds fly up before him. Greive and Iwago explore the interconnectedness and similarity of all life, but carefully avoid assigning human characteristics to the animals. And humans will reap what they sow, Grieve warns: "Only now are we learning that just as we made life unbearable of the many delicate species we have lost, so too we are slowly but surely making this planet unsuitable to sustain even our own existence." Grieve's simple, spare prose, which rarely measures more than a sentence or two per page, is sprinkled with facts and figures on humans' steady corruption of the earth. No reader will close the book unmoved by the beautiful, funny, and strange creatures in its pages. Amplifying this poignant call for action, Greive is donating all author proceeds from book sales to the Taronga Foundation, a wildlife conservation charity. Color photographs throughout.
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About the Author

Since the debut of his international bestseller The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive has become a household name in more than 115 countries. A former Australian paratrooper, BTG left the army to pursue more creative misadventures. He has been bitten by wild monkeys and rabid bats and was accepted into Russia’s cosmonaut training program–though those incidents were, by and large, unrelated. BTG spends most of his time in a tiny Tasmanian hamlet.
 

Author Bradley Trevor Greive has four international best-sellers to his credit: Looking for Mr. Right, Dear Mom, The Meaning Of Life, and The Blue Day Book. In addition to writing engaging and entertaining books, BTG is an artist, cartoonist, poet, furniture and toy designer, screenwriter, and ex-paratroop platoon leader. Although a Tasmanian by birth, he presently lives in Sydney, Australia, with his rabbit, Biff.
Mitsuaki Iwago is among the world's foremost wildlife photographers. For over 20 years he has taken award-winning images in more than 70 countries, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines, including National Geographic. He is the author of over a dozen books, including the worldwide best-sellers Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain, Mitsuaki Iwago's Whales, Mitsuaki Iwago's Kangaroos, Mitsuaki Iwago's Penguins, and In the Lion's Den. He presently lives in Japan but is more likely to be found

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This is a beautifully photographed book and the language that accompanies these images is heartfelt.
Kim Simmons
The most important lesson from the book, however, is that if we don't do something soon to stop poisoning our world, ultimately us humans will be the ones suffering.
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This book is one of the simplest, yet one of the most inspiring and enjoyable books I have ever read.
R. Maynard

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Reading through Priceless is a bittersweet experience. It is a joy to look at the wonderful photography of Mitsuaki Iwago, and also a joy to learn amazing facts about some of these animals and to detect the passion for conservation and wildlife protection in author Bradley Trevor Greive's text. But there is a sadness: we learn how difficult it is for most species to adapt to the vast changes made by humans to this planet, so difficult that many of them could not do it, and no longer exist.
We learn that "even polar bears from the Arctic Circle and penguins from Antarctica, creatures from the two most isolated and pure economic systems on earth, have a substantial build-up of toxic industrial chemicals stored in their fat deposits"; we learn that the first bomb dropped on Berlin during the Second World War killed the only elephant in the Berlin zoo; that the last passenger pigeon in existence died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. The most important lesson from the book, however, is that if we don't do something soon to stop poisoning our world, ultimately us humans will be the ones suffering.
But the book ends with a message of hope, telling us that there are ways we can make a difference and giving suggestions of things we can do. Greive finally pays tribute to Gerald Durrell, celebrated zoologist, conservationist and author. The last 25 pages give information and facts about all the animals featured in the photographs throughout the book.
I strongly feel that if everyone read through this book, they would appreciate their planet a little more and want to help things change for the better. If I could afford to do so I would give it to everyone I know. It is very easy to read, the text on each page limited to a few sentences which apply to the photographs. The photos range from light-hearted and whimsical to completely awe-inspiring. The perfect gift for animal lovers and environmentalists, but I urge everyone to take a look. It is an inspiring experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "vezvez" on October 12, 2003
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every person should read this book, especially those who have no interest in saving our planet's creatures. after reading and SEEING this book they will!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn S. Pumphrey on February 12, 2006
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The combination of breath-taking photography, and insightful and inspiring prose create an awesome yet humbling book. Its appeal is universal--everyone can learn, if we listen to its message.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Simmons on July 9, 2006
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This is a beautifully photographed book and the language that accompanies these images is heartfelt. This is a must have book in every home and classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Maynard on August 18, 2005
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This book is one of the simplest, yet one of the most inspiring and enjoyable books I have ever read. The photography in it is amazing and Greive deffinately has a way with his words. In addition to this intriging visiual presentation, there is much to learn in this book as well. Learn about endangered and threatened animals thoughout the world while looking at unique images of them. This is a must read for everyone and it should be a required book for schools throughout the world to read instead of many other required books that have no appeal to students.

In addition, on the inside cover it reads, "BTG (author) is donating all his author royalties from the worldwide sales of Priceless to his principal wildlife conservation charity, the Taronga Foundation." Thats gotta say something about the book in itself!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corrie A. Borges on January 23, 2007
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This is truly a wonderful book with incredible wildlife photos accompanied by a simple yet poignant narrative highlighting the need for conservation.

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love and we will love only what we understand." BABA DIOUM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y. Hoynowski on December 5, 2007
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What a great book!! PLEASE parents , get a copy for your kids , this is the most inspiring book ever!
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More About the Author

Since the debut of his international best-seller The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive has become an international publishing sensation. A former Australian paratrooper, BTG left the army to pursue more creative misadventures. He has been bitten by wild monkeys and rabid bats and was accepted into the Russian cosmonaut program--though those incidents hopefully were unrelated. He spends most of his time in a tiny Tasmanian hamlet with his three very large dogs.

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