Monday, May 3, 2010

Non-Fiction Monday: Talking Tails

Jacket description:
"From our earliest beginnings, we have shared our lives with animals. Explore the ties that people and their pets have formed as Ann Love and Jane Drake take us from prehistoric times to present day. Discover purebreds and hybrids, rare and unusual pets, horses, birds, fish, guinea pigs, reptiles, and rodents.

Meet Jasper the cat, who disappears for ten months; Polly the parrot, who lives through the Klondike Gold Rush to be 126 years old by belting back whiskey, swearing, and biting miners; and Stellar the dog, who barks warnings when his owner is about to have a seizure. Learn whether you are a Dog person or a Cat person, how to pick and care for your pet, which animals are most closely linked to their wild roots, and who created the first golden retrievers."

The vast amount of information this book covers is really impressive. As the description indicates, we get chapters on all sorts of cool pet stuff, ranging from exotic animals to choosing the right dog/cat, to different animal stories. Lots is covered in easy, readable language aimed at the middle grade set.

Fun facts are to be found throughout...did you know that Julius Caesar had a pet giraffe? A timeline runs across the bottom of all the pages, spitting out facts concerning animals, their breeding, their owners, World leaders and their pets, etc. Kids that are really into animals will gobble this one up and those that are just into the dog/cat thing will enjoy it too.

I wasn't a huge fan of the illustrations or format, only because I don't think they popped enough, allowing the vast amount of text to take over. Some vibrant colors would have been a nice addition to the pages and made them a little less heavy.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5
Libraries and teachers could really use a copy or two of this on their shelves.

Talking Tails: The Incredibly Connection Between People and Their Pets
Ann Love & Jane Drake
80 pages
Tundra Books
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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1 comment:

Callista said...

Good review. I gave away 3 copies of this book during Blogmania although I haven't read it myself (I chose other books from them to review.)