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How to Talk to Your Animals

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Our pets speak to us in a language all their own, if only we stop to listenCan animals really talk? In How to Talk to Your Animals, Jean Craighead George turns her attention away from animals in the wild to those in our homes in this practical look at the ways our pets speak to us. Based upon the work of contemporary naturalists, psychologists, and zoologists, George expla ...more
ebook, 286 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1985)
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I read this book when I was a child, after reading "Julie of the Wolves" and "My Side of the Mountain". Jean George helped foster a child's natural curiosity into a lifelong interest in animal behavior. As I recall, the book features sections for cats, dogs, horses and birds, offers illustrations to demonstrate animal posturing and body language, and suggests how to use that information to relate to companion animals on a different level, and without anthropomorphizing. It's worth picking up at ...more
I only read the dog and cat sections... As others have stated, it's hopelessly outdated! But still taught me a couple of cool things.
Daniel Judge
What a tired old book. Apparently it was written in the 1920s so who knows if it's ever been updated. The dog section was decent but still outdated. The cat section refused to acknowledge that spaying and neutering were a good thing. I skipped the bird section and moved onto the horse part. If you've spent more than 5 minutes with a horse, you'd learn more than reading this book.
I did really like this book in that it was interesting to learn various things about animals and the signals they send us. Some of it I already knew, some of it I knew but never thought much about, and some of it was new. She covers four types of animals: dogs, cats, birds,and horses. Not exactly a page-turner, but very useful.

This was a great read, and helped me understand quite a few new things about animal behavior, and the things the animals around me are trying to say to me. I would highly recommend this to anyone who interacts with animals.
Tammy Esquivel
This was very informative and a good read for any animal lover who wants to really understand how animals communicate to each other and us
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Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey ...more
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My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1) Julie of the Wolves (Julie of the Wolves, #1) On the Far Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #2) Julie's Wolf Pack (Julie of the Wolves, #3) Julie (Julie of the Wolves, #2)

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