How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green. Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and advent National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who h...

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Title:How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
Author:Sy Montgomery
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0544938321
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Reviews

  • Cheri
    Nov 13, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

  • Jenn
    Dec 29, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

  • Lara
    Dec 27, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

    I think this would appeal to anyone who has loved Montgomery's animals books, kid, teen, or adult. It is surprisingly personal and intense. I had no idea how much she struggled with depression. She may have forgiven her parents but they certainly seem like nasty people. She had the hum...

    Thought-provoking, emotional, and soul-baring, this is a unique and special book. The author relates her unique bonds with a wide variety of animals, from the familiar to the impossibly exotic--and she finds personality and intelligence in each one. Readers will find themselves ref...

    I really kind of loved this! Sy Montgomery writes about a number of animals that changed her life over the years and I absolutely fell in love with all of them (although Christopher Hogwood might be my favorite). I think Montgomery does an excellent job of showing how much we are influ...

  • Barbara
    Nov 02, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

  • Sarah Shoo
    May 29, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

    I think this would appeal to anyone who has loved Montgomery's animals books, kid, teen, or adult. It is surprisingly personal and intense. I had no idea how much she struggled with depression. She may have forgiven her parents but they certainly seem like nasty people. She had the hum...

    Thought-provoking, emotional, and soul-baring, this is a unique and special book. The author relates her unique bonds with a wide variety of animals, from the familiar to the impossibly exotic--and she finds personality and intelligence in each one. Readers will find themselves ref...

    I really kind of loved this! Sy Montgomery writes about a number of animals that changed her life over the years and I absolutely fell in love with all of them (although Christopher Hogwood might be my favorite). I think Montgomery does an excellent job of showing how much we are influ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

  • Fox
    Nov 14, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

  • Barbara
    Oct 20, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

  • Bonnie
    Mar 15, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

  • Candace
    Aug 24, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

  • Peacegal
    Jan 29, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

    I think this would appeal to anyone who has loved Montgomery's animals books, kid, teen, or adult. It is surprisingly personal and intense. I had no idea how much she struggled with depression. She may have forgiven her parents but they certainly seem like nasty people. She had the hum...

    Thought-provoking, emotional, and soul-baring, this is a unique and special book. The author relates her unique bonds with a wide variety of animals, from the familiar to the impossibly exotic--and she finds personality and intelligence in each one. Readers will find themselves ref...

  • Cheryl
    Sep 17, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

  • Joan
    Nov 28, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

    I think this would appeal to anyone who has loved Montgomery's animals books, kid, teen, or adult. It is surprisingly personal and intense. I had no idea how much she struggled with depression. She may have forgiven her parents but they certainly seem like nasty people. She had the hum...

  • Sarah
    Jul 23, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

  • Tiffany
    Feb 03, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

    I think this would appeal to anyone who has loved Montgomery's animals books, kid, teen, or adult. It is surprisingly personal and intense. I had no idea how much she struggled with depression. She may have forgiven her parents but they certainly seem like nasty people. She had the hum...

    Thought-provoking, emotional, and soul-baring, this is a unique and special book. The author relates her unique bonds with a wide variety of animals, from the familiar to the impossibly exotic--and she finds personality and intelligence in each one. Readers will find themselves ref...

    I really kind of loved this! Sy Montgomery writes about a number of animals that changed her life over the years and I absolutely fell in love with all of them (although Christopher Hogwood might be my favorite). I think Montgomery does an excellent job of showing how much we are influ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    More than just a pretty face (but what a pretty face!), this gentle, lovely memoir highlights the importance animals can have in our lives, even teaching us more about our own humanity. For Montgomery, they are family, friends, teachers, and guides. There are some delightful experience...

    4.5. Delightful. The illustrations added to the charm. ...

  • KC
    Oct 09, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

  • Katie
    Nov 24, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

  • Ann
    Mar 29, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

  • Nora
    Jul 26, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

    I think this would appeal to anyone who has loved Montgomery's animals books, kid, teen, or adult. It is surprisingly personal and intense. I had no idea how much she struggled with depression. She may have forgiven her parents but they certainly seem like nasty people. She had the hum...

    Thought-provoking, emotional, and soul-baring, this is a unique and special book. The author relates her unique bonds with a wide variety of animals, from the familiar to the impossibly exotic--and she finds personality and intelligence in each one. Readers will find themselves ref...

    I really kind of loved this! Sy Montgomery writes about a number of animals that changed her life over the years and I absolutely fell in love with all of them (although Christopher Hogwood might be my favorite). I think Montgomery does an excellent job of showing how much we are influ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    More than just a pretty face (but what a pretty face!), this gentle, lovely memoir highlights the importance animals can have in our lives, even teaching us more about our own humanity. For Montgomery, they are family, friends, teachers, and guides. There are some delightful experience...

  • debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    Oct 04, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

  • Maggie Holmes
    Aug 23, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Aug 25, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

  • Waverly Fitzgerald
    Oct 28, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

  • Book Club Mom
    Mar 31, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

    I think this would appeal to anyone who has loved Montgomery's animals books, kid, teen, or adult. It is surprisingly personal and intense. I had no idea how much she struggled with depression. She may have forgiven her parents but they certainly seem like nasty people. She had the hum...

    Thought-provoking, emotional, and soul-baring, this is a unique and special book. The author relates her unique bonds with a wide variety of animals, from the familiar to the impossibly exotic--and she finds personality and intelligence in each one. Readers will find themselves ref...

    I really kind of loved this! Sy Montgomery writes about a number of animals that changed her life over the years and I absolutely fell in love with all of them (although Christopher Hogwood might be my favorite). I think Montgomery does an excellent job of showing how much we are influ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    More than just a pretty face (but what a pretty face!), this gentle, lovely memoir highlights the importance animals can have in our lives, even teaching us more about our own humanity. For Montgomery, they are family, friends, teachers, and guides. There are some delightful experience...

    4.5. Delightful. The illustrations added to the charm. ...

    The more Sy Montgomery studies animals and nature, the more she knows that humans have a lot to learn about the creatures that share our world. In this book, she describes her unique relationships with 13 animals and what they have taught her. Montgomery realized at a young age that...

  • Marcus
    Mar 22, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

  • Charity
    Mar 31, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

    I think this would appeal to anyone who has loved Montgomery's animals books, kid, teen, or adult. It is surprisingly personal and intense. I had no idea how much she struggled with depression. She may have forgiven her parents but they certainly seem like nasty people. She had the hum...

    Thought-provoking, emotional, and soul-baring, this is a unique and special book. The author relates her unique bonds with a wide variety of animals, from the familiar to the impossibly exotic--and she finds personality and intelligence in each one. Readers will find themselves ref...

    I really kind of loved this! Sy Montgomery writes about a number of animals that changed her life over the years and I absolutely fell in love with all of them (although Christopher Hogwood might be my favorite). I think Montgomery does an excellent job of showing how much we are influ...

    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle. But it was her...

    More than just a pretty face (but what a pretty face!), this gentle, lovely memoir highlights the importance animals can have in our lives, even teaching us more about our own humanity. For Montgomery, they are family, friends, teachers, and guides. There are some delightful experience...

    4.5. Delightful. The illustrations added to the charm. ...

    The more Sy Montgomery studies animals and nature, the more she knows that humans have a lot to learn about the creatures that share our world. In this book, she describes her unique relationships with 13 animals and what they have taught her. Montgomery realized at a young age that...

    The author talked about Tess, her ?lifetime dog.? I know that concept by the name of ?heart dog? and Hemingway is mine. I still shed tears each and every time she crosses my mind (and it?s often, rest assured). I still miss her so much it physically hurts and I can?t wait t...

  • Whitney
    Feb 03, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

  • Kirsty
    Sep 07, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

  • Ilana
    Oct 28, 2018

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

  • Kasey Hebert
    Mar 07, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...

    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...

    I have mixed feelings. It was neat to read about some wild animals I don't know much about. Strangely (for me who hates spiders), I most enjoyed the chapter about the tarantula. But I wasn't expecting long excruciatingly sad stories about the author's various dogs getting sick and dyin...

    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...

    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...

    A sweet and often very sad book. Two chapters stand out pretty clearly as the most powerful and interesting ones, the ones on Octavia and Tess. I think the book was successful in the mission its title suggests: I hope to take inspiration and guidance from their stories. ...

    This is a lovely memoir about the lessons we can learn from the animals in our lives. This short but memorable book is peppered with gorgeous illustrations that make this book a feast for the eyes, too. ...

    I received this gift for Christmas and was told that the book looked like me and I agreed! I love the cover! I started reading it before I realized that it was a memoir (I had kinda thought it was more James Herriot-like with stories solely about the animals) and throughout the first s...

    So pure. An ode to all animals and the whole living world. This memoir had me on the verge of tears throughout. But hey, tons of awesome animal facts! ...

  • Roe
    Feb 07, 2019

    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...

    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...

    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself." This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of ?...

    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...

    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it. Direct from Sy, because she should get all the proceeds.... ...... Ok, libraries are buying it, so yay. And it deserves to be in any collection that can afford it. But I have to say,...

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...

    Overall: A very sweet memoir focused on lessons learned from various creatures the author has come in contact with throughout her life. The book is set up into thirteen chapters with each chapter devoted to a different creature. A sweet read that I would recommend to any animal lover. ...

    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...

    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read. If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone...

    I waited two months to get this from the library and I'm kind of stunned by how much I didn't like it. Many of the animals are lovely, but the lessons they taught the author are never actually talked about? Most of it is the author talking about negative events in her life and then end...