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Animal Magic

Animals impact our lives in incredible and amazing ways. These titles celebrate the friendship, depth, and variety that living among animals brings to humans.

Anthony, Lawrence
Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
QL76.5.I722 B342 2007
South African conservationist and environmentalist Anthony received the Earth Day Medal for his work in Baghdad. Here he recounts his own efforts and those of Iraqis and Americans to care for the animals in the Baghdad Zoo as war raged all around.
Ellis-Bell, Nancy
The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog
SF473.M33 E45 2008
The last thing Nancy Ellis-Bell expected to descend on her life was a neglected, too-tall, smart-mouthed, one-legged, blue-and-gold rescue macaw named Peg Leg. And yet, it made perfect sense.
Foster, Ken
The Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind
SF426.2.F663 2006
From a border collie at a shopping mall to a pit bull in a Mississippi truck stop, The Dogs Who Found Me recounts the stories of a dozen dogs who chose author Ken Foster to rescue them.
Kopelman, Jay
From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava
SF426.2.K64 2008
Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman won the hearts of readers with his moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava in a hellish corner of Iraq. For this Marine and his comrades, the puppy served as an important emotional touchstone in a grim and seemingly endless war.
Malkin, Nina
An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle
SF450.M35 2006
A Brooklyn woman who "has it all" gets a lot more than she bargained for when a family of wild cats moves into her backyard. This hilarious and heartwarming memoir follows author Nina Malkin's obsessive attempts to serve, protect, and befriend the feral colony as she reluctantly comes to terms with being a "crazy cat lady."
Mee, Benjamin
We Bought a Zoo
QA76.5.G72 D37 2008x
The amazing true story of a young family, a broken down zoo, and the 200 wild animals that changed their lives forever.
Myron, Vicki
Dewey: A Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World
SF445.5.M97 2008
Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa has a story that starts in the worst possible way. On the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. For the next nineteen years, he charmed the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, and a sixth sense about who needed him most.
O'Brien, Stacey
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
QL696.S85 O27 2008
Researcher O'Brien rescued a baby barn owl she named Wesley. For nineteen years she kept, cared for, and studied him, forging a tremendous relationship with the still-wild animal, as well as a vast understanding of his abilities, instincts and habits.
Pepperberg, Irene M.
Alex & Me
On September 6, 2007, an African Grey parrot named Alex died prematurely at age thirty-one. His last words to his owner, Irene Pepperberg, were "You be good. I love you." Over the thirty years they worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous--two pioneers who opened an unprecedented window into the hidden yet vast world of animal minds.

Updated: October 23, 2008