Talking Tails

Talking Tails

The Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets

By Ann Love; Jane Drake; Bill Slavin (Illustrator)

Tundra Books (NY), Hardcover, 9780887768842, 80pp.

Publication Date: April 13, 2010


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.

About the Author
Ann Love, with her co-author and sister Jane Drake, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works always have an environmental flavor. Ann lives in the Toronto area.

Jane Drake and Ann Love are sisters and co-authors who have shared a life-long interest in the environment and the wild. 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, The Kids Winter Cottage Book. They have been short-listed for numerous awards including the Red Cedar Award, the Norma Fleck Award, the Hackmatack Award, and the Silver Birch Award. Jane Drake is one of the founding members of Pollution Probe. Both Jane and Ann are married with three children each and live in the Toronto area.

BILL SLAVIN is a celebrated illustrator who lives in Millbrook Ontario. He has illustrated over 40 books for children, including "The Cat Came Back".

Praise For Talking Tails

"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 Star

"... A yummy feast.... Sweet! is one tasty treat."
School Library Journal