“Animal heroes” by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Perhaps, it is difficult to find a person over the age of 15 who had never heard of Ernest Seton-Thompson and have not read at least one story. Remember the black-brown Fox, Domino, clever wolf Lobo, pigeon Arno and the Royal Analostanka? The stories of Seton-Thompson’s striking in their truthfulness and reliability, which often force readers to weep over the fate of the characters. And drawings of his work drew the Seton-Thomson, always accurate and expressive. Since childhood he had a special relationship with the natural world. He was able to notice something that others are not paying attention. But the best entertainment was the stories of experienced hunters. This childhood hobby became his vocation and the meaning of life.
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“But when I showed John Barroso the library, which had about five thousand books, two hundred albums with photos of animals I have shot, the Museum of a thousand skins of various mammals and two thousand bird skins, a thousand sketches of animals and birds and finally, diary – thirty thick volumes, containing a detailed description of my travels and observations of thirty years of his life, he was captivated…”, – that’s the main summary of the life of a writer, artist, naturalist and one of the founders of the scout movement in the United States by Ernest Seton-Thompson that he brings in the autobiographical novel “My life” published, by the way, in this book.
“My family and other animals”, Gerald Durrell
Recognizable humorous tone of narration Durrell not be confused with it. He is willing to laugh at themselves, their friends and relatives, but when he starts to talk about nature and the animal world, his tone changing, becoming a writer seriously and attentivelyit to detail.
“In this book, I talked about the five years she lived with our family on the Greek island of Corfu. First, the book was intended simply as a tale about the animal world of the island, which would be a little melancholy for the passed days. However, I immediately made a serious mistake letting the first page of their relatives. Once on paper, they began to strengthen their position and inviting a slew of friends in all chapters. Only at the cost of incredible effort and a resourcefulness I was able to defend some places, several pages, which I could devote to animals,” says the writer about his book.
“My family and other animals” – the first part of the “Corfu trilogy”, which also includes the book “Birds, beasts and relatives and Garden of the gods.”
“don’t yell “Wolves!”, Farley Mowat
the Canadian writer Farley Mowat has dedicated the book to the observation of wolves. The main character is a young biologist who commit to figure out whether wolves are the reason for drastically reducing the number of deer. And here he alone is sent to the Arctic tundra, where he began his research, virtually cut off from the outside world and without proper equipment. Come to the aid of local resident Mike eskimo has Flowed, that open before him the real world of wildlife. And it turns out that it’s not wolves, and people.
This book was made into a movie, so familiarity with the life of the wolf pack, you can start with watching the movie “don’t call wolves”.
“In the shadow of man” Jane van Lavik-Goodall
This book is a unique guide to the world inhabited by chimpanzees. The author is a renowned British primatologist and anthropologist Jane van Lavik-Goodall, more than 45 years studying the social life and intelligence of chimpanzees in the National Park of Gombe in Tanzania. She – the lady-commander of the order of the British Empire, founder of the International Jane Goodall Institute, the world Ambassador of the UN and honorary member of the world Council of the future.
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Jane van Lavik-Goodall first the world found out that chimpanzees use primitive tools, stones and branches. She was able to prove that a wild animal is not just using the object as a weapon, but modifies it to suit your needs. This ability to “manufacture a weapon” is a distinctive feature of great apes. And even chimps hunt together and are between a war. Remind you of anyone? Goodall distinguished “faces” all the wards and was the first to give them names instead of numbers.
His books, and they have it a few dozen, no doubt, make for a fresh look at the world of animals.
“Pantry of the sun”, Mikhail Prishvin
You might ask why this book was on the list. It’s children’s stories which are all read in school. And that’s why we suggest it should be read to as a child to wonder at the beauty of nature surrounding us. And he Mikhail knew about her abound: agronomist by training, he was fond of hunting, local history and Ethnography, and has traveled throughout the country. To fully capture what I saw, Prishvin used not only the word but the camera. That’s how he wrote about his passion: “of Course a real photographer would shoot better than me, but a real specialist in the head and never comes to see what I shoot: he will never see.”
So read Prishvin and enjoy the rustle of grass and buzzing insects, inhale a full breast aroma of the forest and listen to the birds singing: “it is Impossible to convey the charm of staying in the forest under the tree during a warm summer rain. Crested grouse, driven rain, burst into the middle of our dense tree and sat above the hut. Quite on the twig settled Chaffinch. Hedgehog came. Was hobbling past the hare. And the rain whispered and whispered something to our tree. And we sat for a long time, and it was as if the real owner of the forests to each of us whispering, whispering, whispering…”