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Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
When several of my Goodreads’ friends claimed that everyone would love this book, I assumed that statement was hyperbole, even though I was interested ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Oct 06, 2008
The Inner World of Farm Animals: Their Amazing Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Capacities
I cannot sufficiently extol the contents of this book. I’ve read so many animal books over the years, but this one presents a truly unique perspective ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
I really enjoyed this book (and enjoyed the lecture I attended when the author talked about the book and answered questions.) He talks about 4 crops: ...more
Jan 2001
May 13, 2007
Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat
I think I would have enjoyed this book better back long, long ago when I was an omnivore.

If kids might be interested in the real woman, Julia Child, I
Nov 16, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
A Rock Is Lively
I’ve read the earlier three books in this series by this author-illustrator team: A Seed Is Sleepy and An Egg Is Quiet and A Butterfly Is Patient and ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Gorgeous and eye catching illustrations.

Fascinating scientific information about how spirals are so prevalent in nature. This goes for individual anim
Jan 10, 2012
Nov 09, 2011
The Dinosaurs Of Waterhouse Hawkins
This is a fabulous book; it’s completely engrossing. I’d never heard of Waterhouse Hawkins and I’m delighted his story is told in this book. He was su ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
A Seed Is Sleepy
The illustrations are glorious. They’re also accurate and very educational. This is an outstanding science book about seeds and the plants that come f ...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
White Is for Blueberry
This is a lovely little non-fiction book that teaches a little bit about nature and about colors and about colors in nature.

It’s a concept book, not
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
This is the most hilarious book about human cadavers that I’ve ever read. Actually, this might be the only book dedicated to describing what happens t ...more
Jan 2003
May 12, 2007
Looking Out for Sarah
Oh, I loved this book because it was told mostly from the dog, Perry’s, point of view, and his perceptions and experiences are so enjoyable to read ab ...more
May 28, 2011
May 19, 2011
Over and Under the Snow
I love these children’s picture books that are non-fiction and about nature.

This is a wonderful book about various animals and how they survive during
May 14, 2012
May 01, 2012
Wild Fox: A True Story
I sure wish I'd had this book in hand when I volunteered to work to ban steel jawed traps in my state. It brings a personality to the barbarity.

I lov
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History
This is a terrific book for activist kids or as a motivator to show how a very few people can make a very big difference in making the world a better ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
This is one of the books for October’s Autumn/Halloween theme at the Picture Books club, one of the Children's Books group's clubs. Of the six monthly ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 10, 2010
The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
This is my kind of horror book. I think it scared me more than just about any other book I’ve ever read, but I loved it. I appreciated the author’s sk ...more
Nov 1994
Aug 27, 2007
Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas
I deliberately read this the same day, immediately after reading Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring The Earth To Life; that book was published in 2009 ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
A Little Book of Sloth
This is the first review I’ve tried to write since I learned yesterday about Amazon buying Goodreads. Between my distress over that and other upsets, ...more
Mar 29, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English
This book is absolutely stunning!

As soon as I read the description I thought of César Chávez and lo and behold, he’s C, and also the book is (fittingl
Jul 28, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Urban Roosts: Where Birds Nest in the City
This isn’t a scintillating telling but this non-fiction account is full of fascinating facts and wonderful illustrations. I love this author-illustrat ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
Coral Reefs
Like Chin’s book Redwoods, this book has a fictional story within the non-fiction book and marvelous illustrations.

When a young girl in the NYC publi
Nov 11, 2012
Apr 21, 2011
San Francisco Dogs
This was a fun book to read. Dogs and San Francisco! What’s not to love?

Much thanks to Goodreads friend Kathryn who saw this book, thought of me, and
Aug 31, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things
Make no mistake about it: This is not a storybook; this is an educational non-fiction picture book for children. It is a picture book but it’s definit ...more
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
Down down down is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, educational educational educational, and absorbing absorbing absorbing.

This is an excellent science book
Sep 04, 2009
May 26, 2009
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
This book hooked me in. It’s an incredibly interesting tale about Mt. Everest climbers. Emotionally powerful and the descriptions of the journey are s ...more
Jul 2001
May 12, 2007
Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning
Every month the Children's Books group's Picture Books Club reads 6 books that have a theme. July’s topic is dinosaurs. I’d already read the other 5 b ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Feb 27, 2010
Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
Fabulous book. A heartwarming true story. A tremendous amount of information about Owen and Mzee and their relationship from its inception to the time ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary
I love the organization Farm Sanctuary. I’ve been to the Orland, California location twice. I think Bonnie the donkey in this book was from Orland. Bu ...more
Aug 31, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
Lily's Garden
What a joy this book is! This book is close to perfection for me. I always say I’m a city person, but it is books such as this that leave me yearning ...more
Jun 20, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
Dogs and Cats
I love Jenkins’ books, and I love dogs and cats. But I wasn’t sure if I’d be as impressed with a book by him about domesticated dogs and cats as I’ve ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
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