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  • Published: 15 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781770493599
  • Imprint: Tundra Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $18.99

Talking Tails




Pets and their owners appear together in a book as heartwarming as it is informative.From our earliest beginnings, we have shared our lives with animals. Jane Drake and Ann Love explore the ties that humans and their pets have formed. With fun and fascinating facts, they address Dog People and Cat People. (Why does a cat wind around her owner's legs? She's rubbing her owner with glands on her face to say "you're mine.") They also introduce us to more unusual pets. There's Polly the parrot, who lived through the Klondike Gold Rush to be 126 years old by belting back whiskey, swearing, and biting gold miners. And, of course, there are fish and reptiles, rodents and horses, all of whom can be beloved pets. As useful as it is fun, Talking Tails is a must for children who have or want a pet.


From the Hardcover edition.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781770493599
  • Imprint: Tundra Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $18.99

About the Authors

Jane Drake

Jane Drake and Ann Love are sisters and coauthors who have shared a life-long interest in the environment and the wild: “As kids, our parents led our family vacations into wild places — we spent more time looking for shorebirds in sewage lagoons than most Canadians would ever admit to.” Their writing for children has always had a natural history/environmental-action focus. They are interested in making children more observant of the natural world. Together they are the authors of many award-winning books, including their most recent, Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World’s Boreal Forest, Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales, Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage, and Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy. They have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Red Cedar Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Nonfiction, the Hackmatack Award, and the Silver Birch Award. Ann Love is one of the founding members of Pollution Probe. Both are married, have three children, and live in the Toronto area.


Praise for Talking Tails

“PRAISE FOR ALIEN INVADERS:"This is a highly relevant topic.... A good choice for science enthusiasts and non-fiction readers, this succinct, lucid text makes global ecology palpable."— Toronto StarPRAISE FOR SWEET!:"... A yummy feast.... Sweet! is one tasty treat."— School Library JournalFrom the Hardcover edition.”


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