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The Compassion of Animals: True Stories of Animal Courage and Kindness Hardcover – November 5, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (November 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761509909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761509905
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Lassie, go home! RinTinTin, move over! The deeds of these fictional dog heroes cannot compare with the exploits of the real-life animals detailed in this book. Motivated by the courageous behavior of her own pets during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the author resolved to write a comprehensive compilation of the heroic actions of dogs, cats, dolphins, horses, and even iguanas. There is Norman, the blind Labrador, who swam into the ocean to rescue an unknown child. There is Goliath, an iguana, who warned of an impending asthma attack. There is Ringo, a grouchy Manx cat, who alerted an elderly couple to a gas leak. A host of other anecdotes suggest that animals can be compassionate to their own species, humans, and the endangered and disabled of other species. Recommended for public libraries.?Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Remember some of the feelings you had as a child for the animals to whom you were closest . . . That is what this book is all about."
— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, from the foreword.

More About the Author

Kristin von Kreisler was born on October 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, and all her life she has loved and rescued animals. She writes bestselling books about them and has spoken about their welfare on Coast to Coast to 560 U.S. cities and on the Voice of America to 123 million people.

Her most recent book, AN UNEXPECTED GRACE, is a novel about a woman and a golden retriever helping each other recover from violence and abuse. A memoir, FOR BEA, is about Kristin's beagle who came from a medical lab and influenced her to become an animal writer. Her books have been translated into ten languages, and her first book, THE COMPASSION OF ANIMALS, was a Book of the Month Club selection.

Kristin lives on an island in Washington, where, she says, she'd rather work in her garden than breathe. Her kale grows to looming giants, and her lavender and catmint are sirens calling bees. From her desk she watches ospreys and seals, and every hour a ferry passes by. She and her husband have just renovated a historic Victorian farmhouse, where the island's first postmistress and sheriff once lived with their seven children.

Before moving to the island, Kristin lived in California and freelanced for magazines and newspapers. Her articles have appeared in anthologies and textbooks and in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Woman's Day, and Reader's Digest, where she was a staff writer. She has taught English at the University of Hawaii and journalism at California State University at San Jose.

Book clubs: To set up a Skype or conference call, send an email to kristin.von.kreisler@gmail.com or contact the publisher.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Connie Bowen; cbowen@europa.com on April 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I recommended this book to our local Humane Society for their pet education department. The department has an outreach program to travel to schools and teach kindness to animals. This book is the best for this kind of teaching. It's filled with one short story after another, just right to read to a class of children and hold their attention. Each story opens our hearts to animals!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Delaney on August 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, read it completely in one night after a marital spat. The stories touched and warmed my heart as I curled up on the sofa with my dog, and listened to my ferrets playing in their room. Just the stories comforted me, as my own dog did on that lonely night. I realized not only how lucky I was to have my pets, but how lucky they were to have me. This book will help anyone realize just how special their pets are.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my 11th birthday, and I have had my nose in it ever since! The storys are wonderful. It is a truly enlightening book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book awakens the reader to the inner life of God's creatures, their relationships with people, and left me with a much keener appreciation of their value in our lives. Good reading for all ages. I loved the book and my 9 year old daughter could not put it down.
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By E.Riley on June 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This has been such a great book to read to my blind dad.We love animals and he has shared his own stories of animals. It keeps his mind sharp too. He once had a cat a dog and a rabbit all sleep with each other in a baby crib. This was such a good book I had to buy another one cause someone took it from my dads house. Luckily its easy to buy another used one from amazon. Will share some of these stories with kids at the title school I work at for the lessons on love in the book.
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