Thanks to Kelly for alerting me to this book. It appealed to me because I love dogs and water, but also because of my late dog Jenny, who despised the...moreThanks to Kelly for alerting me to this book. It appealed to me because I love dogs and water, but also because of my late dog Jenny, who despised the rain, and hated baths, but would gleefully jump into and swim through any body of water she could: oceans, rivers, lakes, ponds, including very, very filthy bodies of water, such as a local algae filled lake, when she then immediately got the baths she loathed. I thought this would be a fun book of photos.
And the photos are cool, and much different that what I’d expected. Thank goodness for the The Dogs on Land photo section at the end. As I viewed the underwater photos, I wanted to see adorable pictures of the dogs out of the water. While the dog portraits weren’t exactly the very best type of shots, at least I got to see the dogs as they truly look. In the water, their eyes and teeth often make them look like monsters. It was really interesting, but not as soothing or cute as I’d expected.
I really should have a dog or dogs shelf. Hmm. I think I’ll stick with my nature shelf.
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,...moreThis 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, I’m not in the mood to write reviews, but I’ll take a stab at it. (I have a hard time reading and an even more challenging time writing when I am depressed or anxious, and I’m very nervous about this site’s future.)
However, I’m nervous about having my reviews here now. I do not want Amazon to own them, have control over them, have them on their site, or use them in any way, ever.
I have some friends who are (hopefully) temporarily not writing reviews or even removing their existing reviews. Doing so sounds exhausting to me but it’s probably a prudent choice.
The way I look at it is if I don’t remove all my reviews from this site, it’s a hollow gesture to refuse to add new reviews.
I’d be truly appreciative to hear all my friends’ (and others’) viewpoints and plans. If you don’t feel like commenting here, feel free to pm me; I have a public profile and accept pms from all members.
I’m leaning toward doing nothing different at the moment but I’m mulling over my options.
A mini review of this book:
This is an informative book about sloths and contains adorable photos of and stories about sloths who are residing at the Aviarios sloth sanctuary; they all have names. The author-photographer is founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society. Some of the sloths featured in this book were in a television documentary she did for the Animal Planet network.
So, I’d never thought much about sloths, but I did find them somewhat endearing and I learned a lot about them from reading this book. I smiled some and reading this was a relatively good distraction from my worries about the future of Goodreads.
The photos can be enjoyed by all ages of readers and listeners. (I don’t normally like animals dressed like humans but here the clothing serves a real purpose most of the time.) The information is best appreciated by older children who can read independently, but some younger children might enjoy this as a read aloud book.
I appreciated the note that sloths do not make good pets, that they belong in the wild and that some of the proceeds of the book go to the sanctuary.
This is a good book for learning about sloths, for humane education, and as I read I kept thinking how it would be amusing to give a copy as a gift for adults who are workaholic types. (less)