In Jamie Lee Curtis’s latest book, My Brave Year of Firsts, a brave heroine takes life head-on. Whether it's the first time we put on big girl heels, embarrassed ourselves in public, or got caught in a lie, but the actress's tenth children’s title is a reminder of the courage it takes to be a kid. It's not Pollyannaish -- the heroine screws up plenty, but she gets back up! Lovely book.
THE GREAT BEAR by Libby Gleeson & Armin Greder
This book is one of the most interesting books I have seen. It's about a cruelly-treated bear in a circus, who spends much time in a cage, and in front of taunting villages. The images are like medieval art, mystical and beautiful. The bear decides to make its escape. I cannot say enought about this book -- it's a masterpiece. Vew word -- mostly reliant on the incredible images.
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty
by Ree Drummond & Diane deGroat
Charlie, a bassett hound who considers himself to be "King of the Ranch," finds an unexpected Christmas gift under the tree. He puts up with a lot from the new kitty but it all ends well. Adorable book.
(Ree Drummond is the author of "Pioneer Woman Cooks" & has a great blog)
book review "Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing" - by Kathryn Bowers, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
review by Nancy Mehegan
This well-researched book is a call to open minds and learn what the animals can teach humans about health, evolution and a deeper understanding of ourselves -- important lessons as the world enters its new era.
When the walls between veterinarians and medical doctors are dismantled, astounding discoveries arise. Discoveries that will aid human health, psychologically and physically.
Hunters are not Fat
Hunting is a Calorie-Burner. The sedentary modern man should know this. A study of obese grizzly bears in a zoo prompted this stunning insight by the author:
"No animal evolved to have a plate of food placed in front of him/her. They ran. They dug. They schemed. They starved. Eating was the reward for all that work."
Our easy availability of food harvests is somewhat of a curse. The Copenhagen Zoo was criticized for feeding carcasses to their animals, but devouring fur, bones and crunching on hooves may be more beneficial than the sanitized fare normally provided by zookeepers. Obesity, the author declares is a "disease of the environment", far different from a mere coloric approach.
Adolescent animals are risk-takers, impulsive, run in gangs and do the same obnoxious antics as human "teen-agers", researchers find.
Example: "Teen-age otters" will swim into shark-infested waters that adult otters avoid. Youthful curiosity persists in all species, not just humans. "Blending in" or teen-age conformity has evolutionary benefits: travelling in groups is safer in the wild, etc. (how interesting...)
The meaning of Fainting
Behaviors such as the fainting of some animals when confronted by a predator was analyzed in a novel way and shown to have true protective usefulness. It also may explain fainting in humans.
The shakily constructed walls between humans and animals almost prevented the CDC from the recognition of the West Nile Virus. It took a bird expert/pathologist to convince the CDC to re-examine their findings.
Native americans are documented as knowing that animals were close to humans on many levels and teachers. It is time that modern day scientists realize this eternal truth. This book IS A MUST for animal lovers, scientists, nature lovers and the intellectually curiousl Fantastic book.
note: this book was provided by the publisher (Knopf) for review