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Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,126 ratings  ·  198 reviews
The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most—and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Through hundreds of charming illustrations, a few homemade projects, and her humorous, knowledgeable vo ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Artisan (first published September 29th 2015)
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Lisa Vegan
I finished 2 books in one day – VERY different types of books. This one I finished after the other, and it was a lovely way to end my reading day.

I highly recommend this book to all vegans, to all families, and especially to people who have companion animals or relate to others’ animals, who live in areas with any kinds of wildlife, including urban dwellers, those who enjoy and appreciate nature, gardeners, and those who love crafts. In other words, I recommend this to many of my real world and
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Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
First off, Jon Stewart's wife wrote this! I somehow missed that fact until I cracked open this book.

Tracey Stewart loves animals and that led her to become a vet's assistant. As she was working through her large animal rotation she realized how much she loved farm animals. So now she wants to make their lives better. She wrote this book b/c she believes the more we know about animals the better we can care for them. There are crafts, tidbits about her life, and illustrations of the animals that
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Sweet and simple. Stewart clearly feels/thinks passionately about animal rescue and she has a lot she wants to say, so much that the book lacked focus, ranging wildly from instructions on reading dog/cat behavior, to craft ideas for your pets' playtoys, to memoiristic vignettes (for the Jon Stewart fans?) about her experiences with animals, to vegetarianism, to hints at - though not depictions of - the cruelties of factory farming, replete with trigger warnings for the faint of heart. I sort of ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Oh how I wanted to love this book! I heard Tracey Stewart interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air ( and was so moved I bought Do Unto Animals. The gorgeous illustrations by Lisel Ashlock are delightful, evoking old school Little Golden Book nature encyclopedias. But the content is very anecdotal, which wouldn't bother me if Stewart was writing a memoir. However, she peppers her experiences with factual statements about animal behavior and factory farm cru ...more
This is a wonderful read if your interested in the care of animals. There is some interesting and fun facts to learn from Tracey Stewart. You can feel her compassion for the animals that she has helped in her life. The illustrations of the animals through out in the book are so beautiful, I loved going from page to page and seeing the beautiful pictures. I enjoyed reading the stories Tracey shared dealing with working with animals and how her husband, Jon Stewart, helped her turn her life around ...more
Amber Polo
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dogs
I'm not sure of the audience for this beautifully illustrated book. Then I read the other reviews. Not being a TV watcher I had no idea who the author was and what were her credentials. I'm now assuming this is a gift book or YA non-fiction. There was no depth and in the areas where I have done research glossed over real facts by repeating "what everybody knows." Example: Mutts are healthier and and heredity has nothing to do with personality (from her observations.) She doesn't mention that pup ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
Like many people, I pre-ordered this book after Jon Stewart held it up on his last show. I didn't know what to expect. It's a lovely book, beautifully bound and illustrated. It reminded me in some ways of James Herriot's collected short stories for children, although I liked James Herriot's better. This book presupposes a certain amount of privIlege or nerdy fascination with animals. It's like preaching to the choir. I'm an animal lover so there was not much in this book that was new to me, exce ...more
The Bookend Family
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Review by: Stacy Palm
Release Date: Oct. 6, 2015
**** 5 out of 5 stars

I'm going to be blatantly honest. My interest in this book was stirred solely because of Jon Stewart's amusing blurb of a promotion during his final week hosting The Daily Show. That is painful to admit because I am an animal lover. Should I have wanted to read this book because of my fondness for four-legged friends, yes. Should I have wanted to read this book beca
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes a stand for humane treatment of all sorts of animals with a charming, gentle style and irresistible illustrations.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I first heard about this book from Jon Stewart when he was winding up his tenure on the Daily Show. His wife had just been published and this was one of the last books he recommended. It intrigued me for both its subject matter and its art. It did not disappoint.

The book is divided into three parts: animals at home, in the wild and on the farm. All parts were interesting, informative and educational. There were even crafts and recipes included so that readers can create toys or bake biscuits th
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Tough call on this one. It could be great or terrible, depending on what you expect to get out of it. What it IS: a very simplistic overview of dogs, cats, farm animals and wildlife of the north-eastern United States. The information is mostly anecdotal and she provides no references for her claims. Her only qualifications for writing this book is that she was a veterinary technician and has volunteered at animal shelters ... and that her husband is Jon Stewart (yes, that Jon Stewart).

I would no
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book, and a must-read if you have pets, kids, wildlife in the backyard, or are just interested in learning more about animals. Beautifully illustrated by Lisel Ashlock, this book is divided into three sections: Animals at Home, Backyard Wildlife, and Falling in Love on the Farm. You'll learn fun facts about many different animals, how to properly massage your cat/dog, easy projects and crafts to do at home, animal behavior and training, and so much more. Do Unto Animals is packed with ...more
Molly G
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastically funny and informative. All the excellent advice corroborates with other trusted sources, is delivered in a gentle, friendly, and accessible manner, brought so beautifully and adorably to life by the illustrations; but it's the anecdotes that are my favorite aspect of the book. Tracey Stewart is extremely clever, funny, knowledgeable, and passionate and it comes right through the page. Read out of sequence during breaks at work so listing as "unfinished" as I may have missed or skim ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do Unto Animals is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone! The book gives a great overview of many different farm, companion, and wild animals and what you can do to create great living spaces for them or just make their lives better in general. The book also briefly discusses the many horrors or factory farms and makes an excellent case for why all humans should treat animals more kindly and move away from eating animals or using them for entertainment/profit.
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It had the gentle feel of a children's book. So approachable with beautiful illustrations. I discovered that there is a Stewart Family Tradition which coincides with the Audubon Society's Great Backyard Bird Count. Hurray to Tracey Stewart for putting out a wonderful book for all animal lovers and to her husband John Stewart for starting their own farm sanctuary in New Jersey. ...more
Aug 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Her husband, Jon Stewart, plugged her book tonight on The Daily Show. Can't wait to read it. All proceeds will go to the Farm Sanctuary movement. ...more
Kate Merriman
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chock full of gorgeous illustrations, this really is a FRIENDLY guide with lots of content to share with children celebrating how fun and interesting our animals friends are. Highly recommend.
Low 4 or high 3. I loved the illustrations and some of the parts about animals and making the crafts for them. Partly I felt I was talked down to which always rankles a bit.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an easy read and is beautifully illustrated. I don't think I learned anything new, but I felt like Tracey and I were just chatting about how we love animals. She divided up the book into three sections focusing on: companion animals (I really appreciate that she just stuck to dogs and cats, not exotic pets, and talked about indoor cats as if, duh, of course, indoor cats); wildlife (I appreciate her appreciation, though she did get a couple things wrong here (rabbits don't burrow here in ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was so enjoyable! As someone who loves the natural world and believes in the intelligence of creatures from dogs, and domesticated animals to birds and insects, this book celebrates our co-existence.

Stewart is very upbeat about what we can do to help animals and sees the importance of pests and creatures we may misunderstand. I especially liked the chapters on how to help an injured animal, the Crow, the Backyard Bird B&B, and the 5 ways to make a dog happy. There are recipes for treat
Aug 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
I borrowed this book from my library thinking it had a cute cover and am now going to plan on purchasing this book because I didn’t just love the information inside, but I also loved the plethora of cute animals pictures in this. I loved how this book was told from the authors perspective as she goes through life encountering different animals. I really appreciated that she added some DIY animal friendly crafts for anyone, any age.
Cate Alston
Nov 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book was so amazing. Beautiful illustrations filled every page along with important information and ways to help. There are a lot of books, websites, etc. that talk about the animal crisis in America, but give few ways to help (except to donate money). This book gives so many suggestions for ways to help out at animal shelters (including crafts, activities, and recipes) and get involved!
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Some cute little tidbits but not what I was hoping for.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book.
Jessica S.
Tracey Stewart's "Do Unto Animals" was a beautiful book, and such a pleasure to read, especially for animal lovers and nature lovers like myself. Tracey really shows her heart for animals in this lovingly-written book, and her words and the information given helps readers to understand animals in a better and more loving and kind way. She helps readers to better understand their pets' emotions, needs, body language, and how to keep them happy, and she also teaches us how to create special toys a ...more
Karley Essington
Sep 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was so cute and educational. I loved learning more on how to help animals in my life and the animals around me. The message was great and the illustrations were amazing.
Bradley Morgan
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Stewart, an animal advocate and the wife of television personality Jon Stewart, shares her love of animals and provides insight in how we can better communicate with and care for them. Stewart covers three types of animals humans typically interact with: domesticated pets (dogs and cats), backyard creatures (frogs, foxes, owls, snakes, etc.), and farm friends (cows, goats, sheep, etc.). In each section, Stewart provides information on how to care for these animals by providing a safe environment ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-to-read
I don't really know what this little book is, and maybe that's part of the problem. It's one of the few times I've come away liking the author better than the text. I think Tracy Stewart is a kind, compassionate, thoughtful, beautiful human being. I think her book is...meh.

Her personal stories are sweet, but not moving in a way that changes lives. Her animal facts are simplistic and read like prettily illustrated listicles from BuzzFeed. It's all information you can easily Google. In fact, the o
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, this book is beautifully illustrated; the art and even the font choice remind me of books I had growing up in the 60s and 70s. Next, it is a wonderful, "friendly" book informing people on how to interact with animals(pets, wildlife, and "farmed" animals) and make their lives better. There are no gory photographs (no photos at all, actually) and it's not "preachy". Yet it tackles a wide range of topics: from why you should not crop/dock/declaw to how to interact with a cow. It also ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I guess I should have know what I was getting into when I started this book. It began as a interesting way to look at dogs and cats lives and how we can make it better, and once it got to garden creatures and farm animals, it quickly ventured into what not to do. I did enjoy the majority of the book and wasn't so annoyed with the message about the treatment of farm animals in the later chapters, something hit me in the beginning of the garden section that just left me with a bad taste. Every tim ...more
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