|Tracey Stewart. Lisel Ashlock, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||199 / 2015|
The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, assures former veterinary technician and lifelong animal advocate Tracey Stewart, the better our own lives will be. In her charmingly illustrated manifesto of loving kindness—complete with a few homemade projects—Stewart offers a simple and beautiful guide: treat animals the way you would like to be treated. She provides insight into the secret lives of animals through her own experiences with the animals she has known, and advises on the kindest ways to live with and alongside them. At home, she shows readers how to speak "dog-ese" and "cat-ese" and how to "virtually adopt" an animal. In the backyard, we learn about building bee houses, dealing nicely with pesky moles, and finding creative ways to bird-watch. And on the farm, Stewart teaches us what we can do to help all farm animals lead a better life—and reveals the "superpowers" of pigs.
"Delightful, entertaining, and hugely important. Tracey's love for animals has led to a profound understanding of their world, and it becomes clear that the better we know this world, the better their lives will be. And this, in turn, will make our own lives more fulfilling. It is the perfect gift for all who love animals. And for those who should love them better."—Jane Goodall
"A memoir and how-to about enriching the world of the creatures in your life, whether they be dogs, cats, or the crows in your backyard.... The book details basic animal behavior as well as practical humane solutions to common animal-human conflicts (cats scratching furniture, moles destroying your lawn). It also has craft projects for those of us with great intentions and no skills."—NYTimes
"Stewart has a heart as big as all outdoors, which is helpful since her caring largesse extends to moles and squirrels, goats and sheep, as well as the more-commonplace cats and dogs.... Stewart evinces a genuine empathy for all creatures, from the lowliest frog to the loftiest owl, and winsomely guides other animal enthusiasts in their desire to develop a more rewarding relationship with man's best friend, whatever that turns out to be. An ardent proponent for the adoption of rescue animals, Stewart broadens that philosophy to include sanctuaries for farm animals as well. Married to former host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, who announced their plan to create just such a haven for at-risk animals, Stewart is on a mission far above the typical, nominal celebrity cause du jour. Rich in informed insights on animal behavior, augmented by creative craft projects, and alluring with clever watercolor illustrations, Stewart's passionate and practical guide to living with domestic pets, backyard critters, and farm animals artfully combines sensible advice with grassroots advocacy. Stewart's zeal for animal welfare is infectious and sincere, and her desire to create a kinder world for animals and humans is earnest and essential."—Booklist (starred review)