Animals are everywhere in our lives. We follow them into the wild, we invite them into our homes, they inhabit our dreams, mythologies, folklores, and popular cultures. What is this powerful bond? Why are we so fascinated with animals of every kind? And why has our relationship with them always been riddled with such complexity and contradiction?
A Walk in the Animal Kingdom explores the world of animals with the inquisitiveness, depth, and gentle humor that readers across the globe have come to expect from the acclaimed author-artist team of Jerry Dennis and Glenn Wolff. The book is an inquiry into animals of the world, their astonishing diversity and abundance; their mating habits, defensive strategies, and other behaviors; their extraordinary senses of sight, hearing, and smell. It is also an exploration of our profound connection with them, from the joys they inspire and the fears they arouse, to their prominence in our lives as pets, team mascots, and embodiments of wild nature—and the paradox that allows us to battle to protect certain species while ignoring others that are disappearing at a rate perhaps unequaled in the history of our planet.
Like the previous collaborations of Dennis and Wolff, A Walk in the Animal Kingdom is certain to become a classic among books about nature—its wonders, its complexities, and our place in it.
“This writer-artist team shines a bright and lovely light on nature.” —Los Angeles Times
“Charming…informative…humorous…This wonderfully illustrated book will make heroes of parents and teachers, who will be able to explain nature's magic and the superstitions surrounding it." —El Paso Times
"Vastly entertaining, valuable… Makes natural history so much fun the reader is sucked from paragraph to paragraph, page to page, chapter to chapter.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A perfect choice for adults and kids alike who want to discover more about how the world is put together… entertaining and fact-filled.” —Houston Post
“As leaves fall and the sky becomes more noticeable, you’re likely to look towards the heavens and wonder at their mysteries…Author Jerry Dennis and illustrator Glenn Wolff address the questions with intelligence, wit and artistry.” —Atlanta Constitution
"A delightful book, both readable and informative—like the best of Hal Borland and Edwin Way Teale…You've many hours of pleasure waiting with It's Raining Frogs and Fishes." —Richmond Times-Dispatch
"With text that mesmerizes, drawings that enchant…this book calls you to hold it open before you." —The Oakland Press
"This delightful look at nature… reminds adults—especially in this hectic, fast-paced, just-do-it world—that it is more than OK, it is desirable, to be child-like and to look up at the heavens and ask why." —Toledo Blade
“This is a perfect choice for adults and kids alike who want to discover more about how the world is put together. Dennis has done a good job of entertaining and informing at the same time, and Glenn Wolff's illustrations gracefully supplement the fact-filled text. It's enjoyable reading and a good reference for anyone's library." —Sacramento Bee
"Dennis has a knack for being at once scholarly and readable, which makes this book both instructive and enjoyable. You can't ask for much more than that…It's Raining Frogs and Fishes is a book no home should be without." —Binghamton (NY) Press and Sun-Bulletin
“Dennis, who writes “The Natural Enquirer” for Wildlife Conservation magazine, is a consummate researcher and gifted storyteller. Wolff’s drawings are first rate…Must reading for the naturally curious of all ages, and it belongs in every school library.” —Michigan Out-of-Doors
“Jerry Dennis is one of today’s most readable and informative nature essayists, and his latest book, The Bird in the Waterfall, is a marvelous look at the natural history of oceans, rivers, and lakes. It ought to be required reading for anyone who loves the outdoors, angling, surfing, beachcombing, or birding.” —Buffalo News
“Jerry Dennis’s clear-eyed essays surpass mere explanation of facts; he conveys the rare gift of understanding the workings of nature, along with passion for its beauties and terrors. His prose is admirably paced with Glenn Wolff’s artistic microcosms.” —Arts Borealis
“With melodic prose and luminous drawings, Jerry Dennis and Glenn Wolff tear the curtain from the sky we all share, revealing the inner workings…Keep this book handy for times when life grows a bit too predictable. It's giddy, it's reverent, and it's guaranteed to get your heart beating with wonder again." —Janine Benyus, author of Beastly Behaviors
Do you want to feel better as you age whether or not you have a chronic illness?
Are you ready to change your own life by spending more time outside close to grass, trees, and shrubs?
Discovering this striking research on nature's benefits changed my life. I found evidence of the game changing qualities of green space in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, urban planning, forestry medicine, botany, ecology, geometry, and psychology. At first I did this research for me, but it was too good not to share.
In this book I tell my story, including the urban green space research and practical tips that I learned along the way. This book (and companion workbook) will save you time, effort, and frustration so you too can feel better than ever as you age, with or without chronic illness - whether you live in the city or the country.
Verla is a Nurse with a Master's in Health Science and a retired Professor of Nursing. She lives in Pine Falls, Manitoba, Canada, on the edge of the boreal forest.
How about creating an industry that emits no poisons into the environment? Direct action eco-heroine Diane Wilson has used civil disobedience to fight such chemical giants as Union Carbide and DuPont. She tried to sink her shrimp boat on a Formosa Plastics toxic effluent pipe and won a zero discharge agreement.
At a meeting in 1962, a young woman turned the scientific community upside down with the announcement that chimpanzees make tools in the wild. Jane Goodall’s discovery was the beginning of thirty years of patient and intimate primate observation in the wilds of Kenya; years that redefined what it is to be a human being.
World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a Roots for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals.
Astonishing in its scope, brilliant in its insights, and an absolutely compelling read, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a triumph of popular science.
Introductory music from the original score for COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.
The Great Fire of London was a massive fire in the ominous year of 1666, which destroyed the homes of more than 80% of the city’s inhabitants, which was around 80,000 people back then. In this guide, we will go over how the fire most likely started, why it took such a toll on the London population, and why it kept growing without them being able to extinguish the flames in time.
You will also learn about how the city was built up, how other competing countries saw the fire as a good thing, and how Christopher Wren helped rebuild churches and houses when it was all over.
Last but not least, you will discover how something else was even more disturbing at this time: The Great Plague of London, a horrible scourge which is believed to have killed more than 100,000 people, struck with ills from rats and a lack of hygiene, around the same time.
Read about or listen to the horrors people in England were confronted with in the beginning of the 17th century.
To Climb Trees :: Natures source of goodness. "This Poem 'To Climb Trees'. Part 2 of the series Nature: Natural Healing.A time when our Arboreal neighbours where plentiful and now need a helping hand.The joy of climbing trees, and especially watching expert climbers like Capuchin monkeys.Our need to have trees and forests once again, and the tree huggers that keep our nature alive and in the eye of the media.
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