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Gail F. Melson, Ph.D., is a professor of child development and family studies at Purdue University.
Why the Wild Things Are explores how animals and nature influence children and families. Animals not only share children’s homes as pets, but live in children’s imaginations and media. As 21st century children lead more urbanized lives, what is the impact of nature deprivation? How can animals be therapeutic and educational agents? How can nature enrich children’s lives? How do children develop to be stewards or despoilers of the environment? These are some of the questions this blog explores.