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True Tails Paperback – February 13, 2010
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I recommend this to anyone with a love of animals and to anyone teenage or older. An easy, fun read.
Through a gift he discovered when he was only two years old, and which has remained with him throughout his adulthood, Jon Soeder realized he could "hear" the voices - thoughts - of many of the animals he came into contact with. He could speak back to them mentally - and they would "hear" him and respond. Told first in the simple speech of a child, then that of an adolescent, and finally as an adult, Jon weaves his true stories of brief and longer encounters with birds, dogs, horses, dolphins, and other living creatures with the events and turning points of his own life, both low and high. For a very long time, understandably, Jon kept his ability a secret so as not to appear too odd, or be entirely unreal to others.
I found many of these stories profoundly moving, for I came to understand, and was amazed to find out that living creatures could think, communicate, and share so many values in common with human beings. Some of the stories, particularly toward the end, are mindblowing - the stuff of legends. I feel incredibly privileged that someone like Jon has seen to share his story with us and so beautifully heighten our understanding of the living beings with whom we inhabit our world. This book had a powerful impact on me, and made some of my own dreams come true - to know, finally, that we can communicate with animals, and they will communicate back. If you love animals, you will love this book.
But don't think this is all the book is about. It may describe the author's life from the standpoint of animals he has known, but it is also very moving in so far as Jon did not seem have an easy start in life, and yet by good fortune and people he encoutered, he turned his life around to make an incredible success at it.
The book is very uplifting and teaches some interesting lessons - like showing what it takes to win in life, one example being with a High School Olympic coach, who conducted his swimming team like a finely tuned military machine, with each team player knowing exactly what was their part to bring off ultimate success.
I feel spiritually enriched by reading this book and look forward to further books by this author.
It was easy to get into it and harder still to put it down...wanting to read just a few more pages to see what was coming next.
I loved the different animal stories and couldn't help think of all my own experiences with pets and animals.
This book is one of those books that young children should read, to get them started off on the right foot.
Hollywood should make a movie out of it too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent read for all animal lovers. I have not quite finished yet, but this book is hard to put down. Really amazing.Published on January 22, 2011 by Cynthia Marsh
Even though not thrilled about it, I could tolerate the cursing bird, but when my 11 year old asked what "wife swapping" was, I felt the need to dig in and find out what was going... Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by J R
Thank you John for taking us on a journey that makes us reflect on our own childhood and how we as
individuals coped with the awkwardness of growing up. Read more