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New Books for Intelligent Animal Lovers

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Another NEW book for intelligent animal lovers

Check out Animals and the Kids Who Love Them by Allen and Linda Anderson (New World Library, November 2011). Robin Ganzert, PhD, and Steve Dale, syndicated pet columnist, wrote the foreword. The heartwarming stories from parents, teenagers, and people who remember special childhood pets show unique benefits of bringing animal companionship into the lives of children. The book also presents factual information about how animals help children with autism, Down syndrome, and physical and emotional disabilities, It includes a history of animal-assisted therapy. The appendix contains checklists and resources to help parents figure out if adding a pet to the family is the right decision for them. The introduction includes resources for schools to offer humane education. Positive reviews in Library Journal and Best Friends Magazine, among others. The book is available at bookstores and online.

Hal's reply...

Linda - thanks for the tip. I would like to encourage other readers to make their suggestions for good animal books in the comment section!

Another book for animal lovers

I really liked "Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs' by Suzanne Clothier. The whole title of the book begins 'If a dog's prayers were answered'. It has helped my understanding of ways to communicate with my own dog (Zoe). She is 9 now; I wish I had read it sooner!

A book for exotic animal lovers!

Wild Animal School by Jenny Lynne tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl who spends a summer working at an exotic animal ranch.

Wild Animal School description from

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Rainville’s dream of working with exotic animals is about to come true. She’s signed up to spend a summer learning to train and care for tigers, lions, leopards, bears, and elephants at an exotic animal ranch. She will pet tigers, feed grizzly bears, and ride bareback on elephants. But the experience will test her in ways that she never imagined. And just one mistake can mean the difference between life and death.

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Hal Herzog, Ph.D. is the author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals. more...

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