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The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild Paperback – March 11, 2009
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Starred Review. In these eloquent essays, naturalist and adventurer Childs (House of Rain) describes some of his extraordinary experiences with creatures—from wasps, red-spotted toads and hummingbirds to grizzly bears, coyotes and jaguars. Seeking entrée into animal societies, he interprets messages left in marks on the ground and in scents on leaves and trees, and communicates with animals directly using their own language of stares, gestures, postures, sounds, scents and gaits. He goes looking for animals alone in hazardous wilderness areas—tracking mountain goats in Colorado's Gore Range or surprising a secret society of ravens in a canyon in Utah. Always longing to be at one with animals, he is not afraid to climb an aspen to see the world from a porcupine's perspective, run with a herd of elk or wonder how it would feel to jump from a plane and fly with a bald eagle. Childs's captivating essays, rich in sensuous imagery (the porcupine looks like a mop, a bundle of ponderosa pine needles, a mobile hairstyle), are hauntingly beautiful and replete with evocative observations of animal life. 42 b&w illus. (Dec. 12)
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About the Author
Craig Childs -- naturalist, adventurer, desert ecologist, and frequent contributor to National Public Radio's Morning Edition -- lives in Crawford, Colorado. His previous books include House of Rain, The Way Out, The Secret Knowledge of Water and Soul of Nowhere.
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I find among environmentalists a slightly disproportionate number of inflated egos, and Childs does stray into this kind of wilderness machismo from time to time, usually by way of the too-casual tone he takes when mentioning his extended solos in the outback or the dire scrapes he's gotten himself out of in remote places. But it's not that bad; it's something I noticed but wasn't annoyed by, because his passion, understanding, concern, and intimacy with animals -- individuals, species, groupings -- is what dominates this wonderful book.