Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

Title: Animals Make Us Human
Authors: Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date: January 6, 2009
Source: Library

What's the Story?:

From "It’s usually easy to pinpoint the cause of physical pain in animals, but to know what is causing them emotional distress is much harder. rawing on the latest research and her own work,Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.Whether it’s how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures."

My Two Cents:

"Animals Make Us Human" is a book by Temple Grandin. I've read a couple of Grandin's other books and really enjoy her writing. For those of you who are not familiar with this author, Grandin is a person with autism who has a lot of experiences with animals. She is a well known voice in the areas of animal behavior and psychology. She uses her own experiences with autism in order to understand animals. It's a very unique perspective and this book is a must for any animal lover.

This particular book is broken down by animal. In each section Grandin talks about how to best care for various kinds of animals. I only have cats but I was interested in each of the examples, which extend from farm animals to zoo animals as well as your normal domestic animals. As an animal lover, I always want to make sure that I'm providing the best life that I can for the animals that I care about. This book was a great source and an enjoyable read!



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