How to Be A Good Creature

How to Be A Good Creature

A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Book - 2018
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A naturalist and adventurer discusses the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals who have profoundly affected her, exploring themes of learning to become empathetic, creating families, coping with loss, and the otherness and sameness of people and animals.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780544938328
Branch Call Number: 590 MONTG
Characteristics: 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jul 15, 2020

A delightful, nicely presented book about how to love nature. Each individual animal and species within its own group has its own personality.

OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

An empathetic and moving look at love through the lens of different animals in the author's life.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jan 29, 2020

A short memoir told through reflections on animals of great importance to her- from dogs to pigs to emus to tarantulas. Big adventures, important lessons, deep love and respect for all animal kind. Glad she shared it with us.

Jul 13, 2019

I became a fan of Sy Montgomery when I read The Soul of an Octopus and finished reading it in tears over the death of Olivia. How to Be a Good Creature made me cry even more, all the way through, with Montgomery's understanding that she has for the creatures among us that we have neglected, tortured and killed with no understanding of their abilities because they lack speech. I'm really pleased that we humans are finally realizing animal emotion and devotion to those humans who are privileged to become their friends.

Jun 18, 2019

Naturalist Montgomery creates her own memoir by telling readers about other animal creatures whose behaviors and ‘feelings’ may match ours. Lovely writing and illustrations; engrossing story. Cover alone is reason to check this book out, although noticed the tarantula is missing!

JCLBetM May 09, 2019

Wow. I follow the illustrator of this book on Instagram and thought it sounded interesting. I was not prepared for the goodness--often wiping away tears, googling unknown-to-me animals, laughing, and gasping--reminding me there's always more to learn and be amazed by. Can't recommend it enough.

AnnabelleLee27 Apr 17, 2019

A short and charming memoir about the intellectual and emotional impact various animals have had on naturalist writer Sy Montgomery. Her deep love, respect, and openness to the creatures who share our world is inspiring and heartwarming. The illustrations are likewise charming and her suggested reading list is a welcome addition.

Apr 04, 2019

This woman loves, loves, loves animals. She goes to great lengths to immerse herself in them, familiar ones and unfamiliar ones. Her research on their emotional lives is very scientific but she tells about it as if is it a fairy tale. If you love, love, love animals this is the book (and author) for you.

Feb 24, 2019

"Sweet" is the right word -- which means it is not for everyone -- but many will like the stories.

Feb 11, 2019

I read this while visiting my grandmother, who has housed many dogs and cats throughout my life. It was the perfect setting to consume and relish in this book--her house was the house where I learned to be gentle and empathetic to creatures. This is a fantastic book for anyone who loves animals, no matter their shape. Sy Montgomery is correct on the notion that the animals we interact with help us to be come better creatures.

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