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One kingdom : our lives with animals : the human-animal bond in myth, history, science, and story

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Noyes,Deborah

Source:

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, Mass., p.128 (2006)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr QL85.N69 2006

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8100677

Keywords:

American Library Association Best Books for YA 2007, Animals--Psychological aspects, Henry Bergh Children's Book Award 2006, Human-animal relationships, Human-animal relationships--Juvenile literature

Abstract:

Contents: Pt. 1: A brief history. Beasts and shadows : early days ; From animas to animosity : we get civilized ; Pet familiars and pigs on trial : crime, punishment, and spectacle in the Middle Ages ; Devil cats and machines : the age of exploration ; Elephant martyrs and ancestor apes : the Victorians ; Clever horses and signing chimps -- Pt. 2: Today and tomorrow. Shape shifting ; Playing dog, seeking proof ; Modern menageries ; Where we end and they begin.; Summary: In ancient Egypt people worshiped cats, and in India the cow is sacred. Today in America we flock to zoos in record numbers and pamper our pets. But what do we really know about animals? And what do we feel about them in spite of it? Here Deborah Noyes embarks on a quest for understanding--struggling with science and love--attempting to distance, but also bring closer, the "other" kingdom. What results is a visionary meditation on how myth, history, and culture have influenced our view of animals and shaped our lives with them. Noyes's wide-ranging narrative and affectionate portraits raise difficult but important questions, challenging what we think we know about our animal fellows while helping us form new perceptions and realities.--From publisher description.