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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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...

  • Linda
    Oct 30, 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Since I have read a number of books by this author, some of these stories felt like re-runs. I do however, feel motivated to read others in her collection. It is hard not to love all the animals she meets. The pictures in the back of the book were too dark to really scrutinize and ...

    Ahh. A life filled with love, in fact, many lives and many loves, human or otherwise. This is a profound book. It brought me a great deal of joy, sadness, love, and life. The first I've read from Sy Montogomery, but she is a wonderful writer, with a unique sensitivity to life that shin...

    What a heartwarming and hopeful book! I cried a bit during this read, but I found myself laughing and smiling so much more even though hard topics were discussed. If you need a little bit of hope in your life, this is a quick read that delivers. -Kaylen ...

    I've read a few of Sy Montgomery's books before and have enjoyed all of them. This one is a feel good book. With stories of 13 different animals that brought joy to her life, the book can be read in several short sittings. I finished the book with a big smile on my face. ...

    Montgomery?s memoir of the animals ? ? ? ? in her life is charming and enticing with beautiful art by Green is a must read for animal lovers. I just loved how each animal?s chapter explains how important and impactful they were in Montgomery?s life and how they behave...

    As a fan of Sy Montgomery's books about animals, I was delighted to read her memoir. I have had the privilege to see her talk about her books and life on several occasions. This book gave me a better knowledge of her as the person behind her books. What an interesting life she is leadi...

  • 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Sandie Buto
    Jan 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Since I have read a number of books by this author, some of these stories felt like re-runs. I do however, feel motivated to read others in her collection. It is hard not to love all the animals she meets. The pictures in the back of the book were too dark to really scrutinize and ...

  • 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...

    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! ...

  • Jeanne
    Oct 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...

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Since I have read a number of books by this author, some of these stories felt like re-runs. I do however, feel motivated to read others in her collection. It is hard not to love all the animals she meets. The pictures in the back of the book were too dark to really scrutinize and ...

    Ahh. A life filled with love, in fact, many lives and many loves, human or otherwise. This is a profound book. It brought me a great deal of joy, sadness, love, and life. The first I've read from Sy Montogomery, but she is a wonderful writer, with a unique sensitivity to life that shin...

    What a heartwarming and hopeful book! I cried a bit during this read, but I found myself laughing and smiling so much more even though hard topics were discussed. If you need a little bit of hope in your life, this is a quick read that delivers. -Kaylen ...

    I've read a few of Sy Montgomery's books before and have enjoyed all of them. This one is a feel good book. With stories of 13 different animals that brought joy to her life, the book can be read in several short sittings. I finished the book with a big smile on my face. ...

  • 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

  • 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

  • Tara
    Nov 06, 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Since I have read a number of books by this author, some of these stories felt like re-runs. I do however, feel motivated to read others in her collection. It is hard not to love all the animals she meets. The pictures in the back of the book were too dark to really scrutinize and ...

    Ahh. A life filled with love, in fact, many lives and many loves, human or otherwise. This is a profound book. It brought me a great deal of joy, sadness, love, and life. The first I've read from Sy Montogomery, but she is a wonderful writer, with a unique sensitivity to life that shin...

    What a heartwarming and hopeful book! I cried a bit during this read, but I found myself laughing and smiling so much more even though hard topics were discussed. If you need a little bit of hope in your life, this is a quick read that delivers. -Kaylen ...

    I've read a few of Sy Montgomery's books before and have enjoyed all of them. This one is a feel good book. With stories of 13 different animals that brought joy to her life, the book can be read in several short sittings. I finished the book with a big smile on my face. ...

    Montgomery?s memoir of the animals ? ? ? ? in her life is charming and enticing with beautiful art by Green is a must read for animal lovers. I just loved how each animal?s chapter explains how important and impactful they were in Montgomery?s life and how they behave...

    As a fan of Sy Montgomery's books about animals, I was delighted to read her memoir. I have had the privilege to see her talk about her books and life on several occasions. This book gave me a better knowledge of her as the person behind her books. What an interesting life she is leadi...

    It was really interesting to see how the different animals changed her life ...

    Couldn?t put it down. A very sweet little read anyone who finds a special place in their heart for animals will appreciate. ...

  • 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

  • Victor The Reader
    Dec 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Since I have read a number of books by this author, some of these stories felt like re-runs. I do however, feel motivated to read others in her collection. It is hard not to love all the animals she meets. The pictures in the back of the book were too dark to really scrutinize and ...

    Ahh. A life filled with love, in fact, many lives and many loves, human or otherwise. This is a profound book. It brought me a great deal of joy, sadness, love, and life. The first I've read from Sy Montogomery, but she is a wonderful writer, with a unique sensitivity to life that shin...

    What a heartwarming and hopeful book! I cried a bit during this read, but I found myself laughing and smiling so much more even though hard topics were discussed. If you need a little bit of hope in your life, this is a quick read that delivers. -Kaylen ...

    I've read a few of Sy Montgomery's books before and have enjoyed all of them. This one is a feel good book. With stories of 13 different animals that brought joy to her life, the book can be read in several short sittings. I finished the book with a big smile on my face. ...

    Montgomery?s memoir of the animals ? ? ? ? in her life is charming and enticing with beautiful art by Green is a must read for animal lovers. I just loved how each animal?s chapter explains how important and impactful they were in Montgomery?s life and how they behave...

  • Peter
    Jan 16, 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Since I have read a number of books by this author, some of these stories felt like re-runs. I do however, feel motivated to read others in her collection. It is hard not to love all the animals she meets. The pictures in the back of the book were too dark to really scrutinize and ...

    Ahh. A life filled with love, in fact, many lives and many loves, human or otherwise. This is a profound book. It brought me a great deal of joy, sadness, love, and life. The first I've read from Sy Montogomery, but she is a wonderful writer, with a unique sensitivity to life that shin...

  • Caroline
    Feb 19, 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Since I have read a number of books by this author, some of these stories felt like re-runs. I do however, feel motivated to read others in her collection. It is hard not to love all the animals she meets. The pictures in the back of the book were too dark to really scrutinize and ...

    Ahh. A life filled with love, in fact, many lives and many loves, human or otherwise. This is a profound book. It brought me a great deal of joy, sadness, love, and life. The first I've read from Sy Montogomery, but she is a wonderful writer, with a unique sensitivity to life that shin...

    What a heartwarming and hopeful book! I cried a bit during this read, but I found myself laughing and smiling so much more even though hard topics were discussed. If you need a little bit of hope in your life, this is a quick read that delivers. -Kaylen ...

    I've read a few of Sy Montgomery's books before and have enjoyed all of them. This one is a feel good book. With stories of 13 different animals that brought joy to her life, the book can be read in several short sittings. I finished the book with a big smile on my face. ...

    Montgomery?s memoir of the animals ? ? ? ? in her life is charming and enticing with beautiful art by Green is a must read for animal lovers. I just loved how each animal?s chapter explains how important and impactful they were in Montgomery?s life and how they behave...

    As a fan of Sy Montgomery's books about animals, I was delighted to read her memoir. I have had the privilege to see her talk about her books and life on several occasions. This book gave me a better knowledge of her as the person behind her books. What an interesting life she is leadi...

    It was really interesting to see how the different animals changed her life ...

  • Crossroads Library
    Jan 11, 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...

    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! ...

    "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 ?...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Since I have read a number of books by this author, some of these stories felt like re-runs. I do however, feel motivated to read others in her collection. It is hard not to love all the animals she meets. The pictures in the back of the book were too dark to really scrutinize and ...

    Ahh. A life filled with love, in fact, many lives and many loves, human or otherwise. This is a profound book. It brought me a great deal of joy, sadness, love, and life. The first I've read from Sy Montogomery, but she is a wonderful writer, with a unique sensitivity to life that shin...

    What a heartwarming and hopeful book! I cried a bit during this read, but I found myself laughing and smiling so much more even though hard topics were discussed. If you need a little bit of hope in your life, this is a quick read that delivers. -Kaylen ...