Thursday, March 12, 2009

The New Animal

When I was a kid we had the How and Why books. Flimsy and inexpensive, they were pretty much replaced by the Eyewitness series.


R.L. Bourges said...

I remember books just like these but in French. When I run across them in pawnshops now, the paper is so brittle it flakes off if I'm not careful.

I really enjoyed some of the expressions in The New Animal. "a little puddle of daylight" to describe fire, the "gray toe" for the spear and the "strange, clever forepaws" for hands. I like. Who wrote it?

I won't be playing the aminal theme, have to announce an event in Graulhet but I'll try to find an animal-related quote to go with it. Hm, let's see, aminals and politics and women... I'm off.

Best, A R.

Ronda Laveen said...

Thanks. I haven't heard of these books.

Anonymous said...

Interesting choice, given the topic, Avid. I'd never heard of these, either. Then againg these were outa few years ahead of me :)

willow said...

I remember these books! I love the illustrations in this particular one.

The Clever Pup said...

I had the How and Why of Butterflies. Quaint but I wouldn't recommend them. Give me the DK series any day.

Brian Miller said...

nice play. tiny improvement, like chipping away at the stone to make the perfect statue, a work of art in you.

the caveman in the corner does it for me, random.

e said...

I love the description of us as strange creatures and the extended claw...We've left such a large mess on Earth...Phoebe was reading over my shoulder and started meowing. Perhaps her sympathies align with the tiger...

I've never heard of or seen these before, either. Thanks for sharing.

Marianna said...

Seems like an interesting book. I had one similar (in subject) when I was kid, too!

Take care

Deborah Godin said...

"tiny improvements" - I love that description, and how simple and understandable for the target age.

Barbara said...

I'm sure the Creationists have banned this series!

Kris said...

I LOVED how and why books. The ones I had growing up were all twenty years old, but it didn't phase me too much (although the speculation of whether humans would ever actually travel to the moon or not did amuse me).

Leah said...

We have some of these still about the house. I love them, in all their flimsy glory!

Candie Bracci said...

Thanks for sharing,I've never heard of that either.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Good thing the evolving was in a good direction ;) What if we were different from our parents by having an extra eye or being a little wider,heehee

Megan said...

A very interesting read. I like the way it's phrased.

Anonymous said...

Mickey, Georgia, Tillie- some of us are a little wider, hee,hee

Dakota Bear said...

Not selection on the upright animal.

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  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
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  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
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  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
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  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
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  • Tolstoy: Short Works
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