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
ISBN: 9780544938328
Characteristics: 200 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Green, Rebecca 1986-- Illustrator


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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.

OPL_EllyR Nov 16, 2018

I loved this sweet memoir. Sy Montgomery is a naturalist and a prolific author of both adult and childrens work, and this autobiography focuses on fable-like lessons she learned from her different studies throughout the years. The critters featured in range from tree kangaroos to three different border collies, a 700lb pig, 3 octopodes and a tarantula with pink toes. Her relationships with her companion animals and those the likes of which she'd never interacted with before are touching and seem quite brave to readers less comfortable with the unknown. Montgomery's open, generous spirit is clear on every page. Her casual, sometimes confessional tone makes How to Be a Good Creature read like a conversation with an adventurous, kind friend.

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