One Kingdom

Our Lives with Animals

By Deborah Noyes
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618499144, 144pp.)

Publication Date: August 2006

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In ancient Egypt people worshiped cats, and in India the cow is sacred. Today in America we flock to zoos in record numbers and pamper our pets. But what do we really know about animals? And what do we feel about them in spite of it? Walking a mile in their paws, feathers, or fur is harder than it seems.

Here Deborah Noyes embarks on a quest for understanding—struggling with science and love—attempting to distance, but also bring closer, the “other” kingdom. What results is a visionary meditation on how myth, history, and culture have influenced our view of animals and shaped our lives with them. Smart and unsentimental, Noyes’s wide-ranging narrative and affectionate portraits raise difficult but important questions, challenging what we think we know about our animal fellows while helping us form new perceptions and realities. We are all—bird, beast, and boy—made of blood, bone, and beating heart. Where do they end and we begin?

About the Author

Deborah Noyes writes for children and adults and is a photographer, editor, and former zookeeper. To learn more about her books and photography, and for playlists of her favorite music, visit Ms. Noyes lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Praise For One Kingdom

"Elegant, lyrically written, and thought-provoking, ONE KINGDOM will challenge and illuminate both the bond and the distance we feel between ourselves and the Others on this Earth. Deb Noyes' respect and affection for her subject and her readers shine on every page, and her insightful observations and penetrating questions resonate like the best poetry.” —Sy Montgomery, author of the 2005 Sibert Honor winner, THE TARANTULA SCIENTIST

"This book is a discussion of the history of human-animal interaction through Noyes's own experiences...It will make a good nonfiction pleasure read for older teens." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"Teens who love animals and especially those with an interest in animal rights will find Noyes' provocative book both fascinating and compelling." Bookpage

This is a thoughtful and conceptual book about natural history...Its probing contemplative approach has a maturity that will appeal to serious young readers, who will find this a thought-provoking introduction to a rich field of cultural consideration. Elegant formatting draws on period-art overlays, boxed features, and imagistic black-and-white photographs for an artistic and sophisticated look.
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