Beverley Kaye's Reviews > The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs
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Jul 03, 12

Read in July, 2012

This is a book of short stories in which Childs tells of his encounters with wild things. He is a master story teller, my heart raced as he stared down a mountain lion, and my soul sang while he meditated on swallow flight. Who knew that a Red Spotted toad could be so interesting! At times his metaphors become lyrical “...the aspens themselves migrate across mountains in great, thick herds, singing like water whenever the wind blows.”
As well as evocative he manages to cram lots of interesting data and scientific insight into the stories. The information, comming as it did, in the midst of a good story and in a context, was welcome and enriching, and didn't feel like a science class.
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