Animals

The Ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London book cover

The Ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London

Christopher Skaife

942.15 /Skaife
Memoir, Animals

"For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens. Each year they are seen by millions of visitors, and they have become as integral a part of the Tower as its ancient stones. But their role is even more important than that--legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom. One man is personally responsible for ensuring that such a disaster never comes to pass--the Ravenmaster. The current holder of the position is Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife, and in this fascinating, entertaining, and touching book he memorably describes the ravens' formidable intelligence, their idiosyncrasies, and their occasionally wicked sense of humor. Over the years in which he has cared for the physical and mental well-being of these remarkable birds, Christopher Skaife has come to know them like no one else. They are not the easiest of charges--as he reveals, they are much given to mischief, and their escapades have often led him into unlikely, and sometimes even undignified, situations. Now, in the first intimate behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens of the Tower, the Ravenmaster himself shares the folklore, history, and superstitions surrounding both the birds and their home. [This] is a compelling, inspiring, and irreverent story that will delight and surprise anyone with an interest in British history or animal behavior."--Dust jacket.

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I liked this book on so many levels: it's well-written and funny in lots of places; many years ago I went to the Tower of London and remember well the ravens there; and I found it interesting to read the author's account of working--and living, 24/7--in such a public place. The best parts, though, are the ravens and their personalities and actions. By the end of the book, I was on a first-name basis with them and I hope that I can return to the Tower someday to see them again. -Heidi L

Herding cats : a "Sarah's scribbles" collection book cover

Herding cats : a "Sarah's scribbles" collection

Sarah (Sarah C.) Andersen

COMIC Sarah's
Animals, Nonfiction

"With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen's third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope"--Back cover.

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I love love love Sarah Andersen. Her name came up in a discussion with a colleague about books, imagine that, and she said she thought I might like Sarah's books. Then she told me there were in the comics section of the library. I don't read comic, or not may I told her and she said that I would be delighted. I was and you will be too. Her books, the library has three, are on adulting and I am a verifiable adult, but I still found them very funny. In fact, I laughed out loud and shared a number of the pages with my cat, Calvin. He isn't much for laughing, but I know he was amused. -Maeve

A dog's life : the autobiography of a stray book cover

A dog's life : the autobiography of a stray

Ann M. Martin

jFICTION Martin, Ann M.
Kids, Fiction, Animals

Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.

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Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies book cover

Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies

Christian Trimmer

jE Trimmer
Picture Books, Fantasy, Humor, Classics, Animals

In this twist on the story of Snow White, pretty and sweet Snow Pony--beloved by children for her talent in braiding hair and dancing--follows a trail of delicious apples into the woods, where she meets seven miniature ponies.

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An enchantingly hilarious retelling of Snow White that stars, you guessed it, ponies!! What's not to love? -Casey

Once upon a jungle book cover

Once upon a jungle

Laura Knowles

jE Knowles
Picture Books, Nature, Animals

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This rhyming text is an eye-catching and fun first look at the jungle as an ecosystem and the food chain found within. -Casey

Drawn from nature book cover

Drawn from nature

Helen Ahpornsiri

j508.2 Ahpornsiri
Kids, Nonfiction, Nature, Animals

An intricately crafted journey through four seasons of flora and fauna. Helen Ahpornsiri's intricate artwork transforms leaves, petals, and seeds into bounding hares, swooping swallows, and blossoming trees. Using nothing but pressed plants, this journey through the seasons captures the wonder and magic of the natural world between the pages of a book. This standout title with beautiful nonfiction text will take readers through an extraordinary year in the wild.

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This beautiful book is a study in seasons presented through pressed flower art. You'll learn when birds build nests, why crickets chirp, what happens to deer antlers and how frogs hibernate. Each of the informational spreads is accompanied by engrossing collage illustrations made from pieces of the natural world. A wonderful way to incorporate art into science. -Morgan