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Wesley the Owl

Wesley the Owl

The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

  • Author: Stacey O'Brien
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1416551735
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 229
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Chronicles the author's rescue of an abandoned barn owlet, from her efforts to resuscitate and raise the young owl through their nineteen years together, during which the author made key discoveries about owl behavior.

The Penguin Lessons

The Penguin Lessons

What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird

  • Author: Tom Michell
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN: 1101967420
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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A unique and moving real-life story of the extraordinary bond between a young teacher and a penguin, this book will delight readers who loved Marley & Me, Dewey the Library Cat, The Good Good Pig, and any book by Jon Katz. In 1975, twenty-three-year-old Englishman Tom Michell follows his wanderlust to Argentina, where he becomes assistant master at a prestigious boarding school. But Michell’s adventures really begin when, on a weekend in Uruguay, he rescues a penguin covered in oil from an ocean spill, cleans the bird up, and attempts to return him to the sea. The penguin refuses to leave his rescuer’s side. “That was the moment at which he became my penguin, and whatever the future held, we’d face it together,” says Michell in this charming memoir. Michell names the penguin Juan Salvador (“John Saved”), but Juan Salvador, as it turns out, is the one who saves Michell. After Michell smuggles the bird back to Argentina and into his campus apartment, word spreads about the young Englishman’s unusual roommate. Juan Salvador is suddenly the center of attention—as mascot of the rugby team, confidant to the dorm housekeeper, co-host of Michell’s parties, and an unprecedented swimming coach to a shy boy. Even through the collapse of the Perónist government and amid the country’s economic and political strife, Juan Salvador brings joy to everyone around him—especially Michell, who considers the affectionate animal a compadre and kindred spirit. Witty and heartwarming, The Penguin Lessons is a classic in the making, a story that is both absurd and wonderful, exactly like Juan Salvador. Praise for The Penguin Lessons “I loved this book, and you will, too! It’s as charming, heartwarming, and surprising as a penguin on a roof terrace. What’s more, The Penguin Lessons teaches an important truth: that a single act of compassion can be repaid a thousand-fold.”—Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and the National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus “[Tom Michell’s] tone suits the material perfectly. . . . You believe every word. . . . No fool, this penguin. No fools, these publishers, who have unleashed such a delightful and charming book just in time for Christmas.”—Daily Mail (U.K.) “Heart-warming is a wholly inadequate phrase to describe this captivating story that is pure delight from beginning to end.”—The Bookseller (U.K.) From the Hardcover edition.

Blood of the Tiger

Blood of the Tiger

A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species

  • Author: J. A. Mills
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 0807074977
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 296
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Blood of the Tiger takes readers on a wild ride to save one of the world’s rarest animals from a band of Chinese billionaires. Many people think wild tigers are on the road to recovery, but they are in greater danger than ever—from a menace few experts saw coming. There may be only three thousand wild tigers left in the entire world. More shocking is the fact that twice that many—some six thousand—have been bred on farms, not for traditional medicine but to supply a luxury-goods industry that secretly sells tiger-bone wine, tiger-skin décor, and exotic cuisine enjoyed by China’s elite. Two decades ago, international wildlife investigator J. A. Mills went undercover to expose bear farming in China and discovered the plot to turn tigers into nothing more than livestock. Thus begins the story of a personal crusade in which Mills mobilizes international forces to awaken the world to a conspiracy so pervasive that it threatens every last tiger in the wild. In this memoir of triumph, heartbreak, and geopolitical intrigue, Mills and a host of heroic comrades try to thwart a Chinese cadre’s plan to launch billion-dollar industries banking on the extinction of not just wild tigers but also elephants and rhinos. Her journey takes her across Asia, into the jungles of India and Nepal, to Russia and Africa, traveling by means from elephant back to presidential motorcade, in the company of man-eaters, movie stars, and world leaders. She finds reason for hope in the increasing number of Chinese who do not want the blood of the last wild tigers to stain their beloved culture and motherland. Set against the backdrop of China’s ascendance to world dominance, Blood of the Tiger tells of a global fight to rein in the forces of greed on behalf of one of the world’s most treasured and endangered animals. From the Hardcover edition.

Saving Samantha

Saving Samantha

A True Story

  • Author: Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • ISBN: 1627531432
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 48
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Illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen and wife Robbyn team up again for another wildlife tale drawn from their encounters with the animal kingdom. Told in journal form and rendered in beautifully detailed artwork, the van Frankenhuyzens give a "day in the life" view as the fox Samantha begins her journey from injured kit to independent adult living on her own.Always respecting the boundaries between the wild and the human ways of life and based on years of work as licensed wildlife rehabilitators, Gijsbert and Robbyn recommend readers "do not try this at home." Saving Samantha is Gijsbert's fourteenth book with Sleeping Bear Press. He has also illustrated the best-selling The Legend of Sleeping Bear, The Legend of Leelanau, and most recently The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell. He and Robbyn live with their daughters in Bath, Michigan, on a 40-acre farm.

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

Living with a Tawny Owl

  • Author: Martin Windrow
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN: 9781250069344
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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The story of an odd couple-a British military historian and the Tawny Owl with whom he lived for fifteen years Martin Windrow was a war historian with little experience with pets when he adopted an owl the size of a corncob. Adorable but with knife-sharp talons, Mumble became Windrow's closest, if at times unpredictable, companion, first in a South London flat and later in the more owl-friendly Sussex countryside. In The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar, Windrow recalls with wry humor their finer moments as well as the reactions of incredulous neighbors, the awkwardness of buying Mumble unskinned rabbit at Harrods Food Hall, and the grievous sense of loss when Mumble nearly escapes. As Windrow writes: "Mumble was so much a part of my life in those days that the oddity of our relationship seldom occurred to me, and I only thought about it when faced with other people's astonishment. When new acquaintances learned that they were talking to a book editor who shared a seventh-floor flat in a South London tower block with a Tawny Owl, some tended to edge away, rather thoughtfully . . . I tried to answer patiently, but I found it hard to come up with a short reply to the direct question 'Yes, but . . . why?'; my best answer was simply 'Why not?'" Windrow offers a poignant and unforgettable reminiscence of his charmed years with his improbable pet, as well as an unexpected education in the paleontology, zoology, and sociology of owls.

That Quail, Robert

That Quail, Robert

  • Author: Margaret Stanger
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0062368192
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 128
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The acclaimed story of the little bird that won the nation’s heart.

Oink

Oink

My Life with Mini-Pigs

  • Author: Matt Whyman
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 145161828X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 314
  • View: 5803
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"The memoir of a family of six living in a quiet part of England who, though not farmers, decide to buy two mini-pigs"--

The World's Greatest Military Leaders

The World's Greatest Military Leaders

Two Hundred of the Most Significant Names in Land Warfare, from the 10th to the 20th Century

  • Author: Martin Windrow,Francis K. Mason
  • Publisher: Random House Value Pub
  • ISBN: 9780517161616
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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On Rare Birds

On Rare Birds

A Lamentation on Natural History's Extinct and Endangered

  • Author: Anita Albus
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 0762774835
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 288
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A passionate natural history of extinct and endangered bird species from around the world.

Going Home

Going Home

Finding Peace When Pets Die

  • Author: Jon Katz
  • Publisher: Random House Incorporated
  • ISBN: 0345502701
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 166
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Presents a meditation on coping with the loss of a beloved animal, sharing observations on such topics as the ways in which people grieve for their pets, related philosophical questions, and the process of letting go.

Adopted By An Owl

Adopted By An Owl

The True Story of Jackson the Owl

  • Author: Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • ISBN: 1627531270
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 48
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From the Author (Robbyn van Frankenhuyzen): "For twenty years we have rehabilitated a wide variety of wild critters, from fawns, foxes, skunks, and crows to opposums, raccoons, rabbits, and owls. Some of the animals were injured adults, others were orphaned babies, but all of them were in need of a little help to get them back into the wild. Growing up on a farm, as well as my training as an animal technician, prepared me for many of the medical situations that arose. Gijsbert took every opportunity to sketch, paint, and photograph our temporary guests during their stay on the farm. More importantly, Gijsbert was issued all the Federal and State permits needed to care for birds of prey. Without these permits, we would never have been able to care for hawks and owls. For good reason, caring for these birds is very tightly regulated and closely monitored. Taking an owl from its nest is dangerous and illegal. We have cared for many Great Horned Owls but none of them were like Jackson, the owl in this story. His personality was unique from the very beginning and we know that we were lucky to have shared such a close bond with this wild bird. This is the true story of his life with us. Enjoy." With illustrations from Gjisbert (Nick) van Frankenhuyzen, noted wildlife artist and illustrator of our Legends series as well as The Blue Spruce by Mario Cuomo and L is for Lincoln: An Illinois Alphabet.

The Little Book of Thanks

The Little Book of Thanks

A Gift of Joy and Appreciation

  • Author: Anne Rogers Smyth
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • ISBN: 1426215517
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 96
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"A tiny little book with a great big message, The Little Book of Thanks helps us recognize the people who make our lives brighter and our hearts lighter. Inspiring, uplifing, and often humorous, these words of gratitude provide the perfect way to express appreciation for the people in our life who make a difference- a parent, friend, sibling, spouse, colleague, teacher, or mentor. Illustrated with page after page of adorable animal photos, this heartwarming collection is a perfect holiday gift that will show those around you just how much you care."

French Foreign Legion

French Foreign Legion

Infantry and Cavalry since 1945

  • Author: Martin Windrow
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472805291
  • Category: History
  • Page: 64
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Men of action and elite soldiers with a young and dynamic spirit, the French Foreign Legion are capable of doing their duty anywhere anytime. Martin Windrow's superb text examines the history of this famous force from the end of the Second World War onward. This first class addition to the Men-at-Arms series not only contains the usual wealth of accompanying photographs and illustrations, including eight full page colour plates by Mike Chappell, but is extended by a further 16 pages, allowing the author to display the full range of his expert knowledge, including 11 pages devoted to uniforms.

The Algerian War 1954–62

The Algerian War 1954–62

  • Author: Martin Windrow
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 147280449X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 48
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It is hard to convey the public impact of France's war to maintain her colonial grip on Algeria; yet in the late 1950s this ugly conflict dominated Europe's media to almost the same extent as would Vietnam ten years later. It brought France to the very verge of military coup d'etat; it destroyed thousands of careers; bitterly divided the French military and political classes for a generation; and sent hundreds of thousands of European settler families into often ruinous exile. This title details the history, organisation, equipment and uniforms of the forces involved.

A Feathered River Across the Sky

A Feathered River Across the Sky

The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction

  • Author: Joel Greenberg
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1620405369
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 304
  • View: 7356
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The epic story of why passenger pigeons became extinct and what that says about our current relationship with the natural world.

Faraway Fox

Faraway Fox

  • Author: Jolene Thompson
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 1328661504
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 32
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As Fox wanders through a strange landscape, he cannot help but be reminded—at every corner—of the streams, the trees, and the family he once knew. Fox would like nothing more than to return to his home, but it seems the cityscape has built up around him. Follow Fox as he looks for a way back home to the wild green land where every fox belongs. Back matter shows readers the creative ways humans are helping to mitigate habitat encroachment in our towns and cities.

Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish

Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish

  • Author: David Alderton
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0756668387
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 400
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A lavishly illustrated reference covering all aspects ofkeeping fish, the Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish is the first bookon the market to provide care and identification information on all types of fish for every possible environment, from indoor aquariums to outdoor ponds. The book contains a directory of over 800 of the most popular fish—freshwater, saltwater, coldwater, and tropical—showing not only what each fish looks like, but what food they eat, which species they can cohabit with, how big they grow, and much more.

Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind

Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind

A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies About Wildlife

  • Author: Warner Shedd
  • Publisher: Crown
  • ISBN: 9780307421418
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 336
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In this fascinating book, wildlife expert and enthusiast Warner Shedd refutes popular animal myths like squirrels remembering where they bury nuts, wolves howling at the moon, and oppossums "playing dead." Have you ever seen a flying squirrel flapping through the air, watched a beaver carrying a load of mud on its tail, or ducked when a porcupine started throwing its quills? Probably not, says Shedd, former regional executive for the National Wildlife Federation. Offering scientific evidence that refutes many of the most tenacious and persevering folklore about wild animals, Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind will captivate you with fascinating facts and humorous anecdotes about more than thirty North American species-- some as familiar as the common toad, and others as elusive as the lynx. Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind is an entertaining dose of scientific reality for any nature enthusiast or armchair adventurer.

Lessons from Tara

Lessons from Tara

Life Advice from the World’s Most Brilliant Dog

  • Author: David Rosenfelt
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1466872764
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 256
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David Rosenfelt's loyal readers of the Andy Carpenter series are familiar with Tara, the golden retriever sidekick. Many also got to know Tara from Dogtripping, David's nonfiction book about becoming a slightly nutty dog rescuer and the dog that started it all. Here, finally, is a book all about the inspirational canine who taught David everything he knows. Well, he did know how to tie his shoes before he met and came to love Tara, but that's about it. Through Tara, David learned about dating, about being able to share his emotions, and also about everyday stuff like who gets to use the pillow if several dogs are sleeping in your bed (clue: It's not the human) and why random barking will never be something that can be eliminated. Lessons From Tara is infused with David's trademark wry and self-deprecating sense of humor, and will move readers to tears and laughter.

67 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

67 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

  • Author: Jack Shepherd
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • ISBN: 1426213867
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 160
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This humorous look at the argument between the superiority of cats or dogs provides support for feline dominance, citing their artistry, athletic prowess and intelligence along with scientific cat facts. Original.