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Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope from Rescued Farm Animals Hardcover – September 8, 2010

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The majority of Stevens's somewhat didactic narrative focuses on her and her dedicated staff's time spent at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, "a peaceful haven for needy farm animals" in New York's Hudson Valley. Stevens opened the Sanctuary in 2003 and speaks of it highly: "Six small barns house our pigs, cows, goats, and sheep, while some twenty other outbuildings provide deluxe digs for our horses, donkeys, and smaller animal friends… chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese." Stevens (Where the Blind Horse Sings) recalls with pride and delight experiences with her dog Murphy;, Hazel, a pig in serious heat;, and Norman, a turkey she'd rescued before Thanksgiving and subsequently renamed Norma Jean (upon discovering that "Norman" was in fact female). It's easy, pleasant reading, but when the discussion turns to veganism, Stevens shows her alarmist side ("growing animals to feed humans is the primary cause of global warming"). She may alienate readers by challenging their food choices and suggesting that animal lovers would never consume meat or dairy, but her ability to tell enjoyable stories about her menagerie takes the sting out of her polemic. (Sept.)
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"Animal Camp is an incredibly moving, beautiful, sincere, honest book one that, if read with a complete open heart, will have the capacity to change lives!" --Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is difficult to write a review of this book, due to the polarizing nature of its topic. If I pan the book, Ms. Stevens' fans will surely accuse me of being insensitive to the plight of farm animals. But the book has way too many flaws to make it worthy of unqualified praise.

First of all, the `camp' referred to in the title occupied 6 weeks of summer, during which she took a few animals to live with her at her partner's country cottage. In the book, this adventure occupies 50 pages. In the remaining 130 pages, no mention is made of the camp, which left me with the feeling that this much ballyhooed experiment didn't really happen--or that perhaps it didn't yield the results she was hoping for, so she chose to ignore it for the rest of the book.

I also wondered if the manner in which she managed the camp indicates how she manages her sanctuary. Quite frankly, she comes across as rather reckless. She poorly plans the transport and reintroduction of animals, plays lame pranks, and hopes to set up a variety of experiences, the purpose of which seems to be to surprise her longsuffering partner. She expresses several wishes: "what I'm really hoping is that Franklin [the pig] joins us for a swim" and "what I'm really hoping for is that Alex [an interloping pigeon] rides on Franklin's back." We never know if either happened--and these two simple fantasies indicate what we learn about her bigger hopes. Ms. Stevens is so preoccupied with what she wants to have happen that she never tells us what really does transpire.

It's obvious that she wants a perfect world. She is so committed to it that she paints one herself, but the brush strokes are those of a caricaturist. I expected the photo plates to filled with Thomas Kincade prints.
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In "Animal Camp" Kathy Stevens continues the story of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and the rescued animals who live there. New animals who were recsued since "Where the Blind Horse Sings" are introduced, and stories of the animals in the earlier book are updated. Everyone- animal lovers and everyone else- should be educated about how animals are mistreated. Stevens does this in "Animal Camp,' but in a way that is not shocking or will make a reader put the book down.
"Animal Camp" is an enjoyable book by itself, but readers may also want to read Steven's first book "Where the Blind Horse Sings."
(I'm looking forward to the next book!)
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America's farm animals in general need alot of attention to the many abuses they suffer --- I love all stories that show the animals, in the end, get rescued from those who should never have had them in the first place. They are God's creations and too many persons forget that fact, no one has the right to treat these animals so poorly.
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It was satisfying to hear more about the growth and inner-workings of the animal sanctuary. This book, however, focused far too much on preaching the vegan lifestyle and less on the heartwarming work that gets done there. I'm vegan, so you're preaching to the choir here but I thought it was too lecturing and not as inspiring. I'm glad I read the first book first or I would not have read it after having read this one. And that's sad because I think there is such a good story - and message - to be told.
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I rated this 5-stars because of the stories and lessons it tells. It's an absolutely wonderful rendition of some the events at this animal sanctuary. The author, in my opinion, was put on this earth for the animals' benefits -- and through her books, for ALL of our benefits.

If you simply love animals, you'll delight in this book.
If you care about the plight of animals, you'll love this book.
If you care about the plight of FARM animals, you'll need to read this book.

This is the second of her books I've read. After the first, I just had to get another!
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If you love animals this is a great read!! It explains the plight of farm animals without making it too sad to read. Also helps you see that each animal is an individual soul with its own thoughts and feelings and motivations.
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Of all the books I've read, this was the best. By FAR. I have been vegetarian for a long time, and was thinking of going vegan, but this book convinced me. Animal Camp exposes the truth about the food industry which will shock almost anyone. It was hilarious and adorable too! All the animals have such incredible stories that will touch your heart. I would recommend this book to anyone, animal lover or not! :)
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I won't say that this is the best piece of literature I've ever read but after reading Kathy Stevens' first book, Where the Blind Horse Sings I knew I wanted to read this follow up book. I was so moved afterwards that I went to stay overnight at the sanctuary's newly renovated farm house which dates back from the 1700's and has been turned into a bed and breakfast. Meeting the animals in person was incredibly moving. The animal sanctuary is such a happy and beautiful place shining a light on the good! We also took a vegan cooking class at the B&B while there which felt like a way to respect the loving creatures that they care for. Five stars for the topic!
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