Wild Animals I Have Known

Wild Animals I Have Known Meet Old Lobo a gigantic gray wolf whose death defying predations on sheep and cattle herds are the scourge of farmers and ranchers in the Currumpaw region of northern New Mexico This great wolf is j

  • Title: Wild Animals I Have Known
  • Author: Ernest Thompson Seton
  • ISBN: 9780486410845
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet Old Lobo, a gigantic gray wolf whose death defying predations on sheep and cattle herds are the scourge of farmers and ranchers in the Currumpaw region of northern New Mexico This great wolf is just one of the animals whose true stories come to life in this engrossing collection of tales by the celebrated naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton 1860 1946 Combining scientMeet Old Lobo, a gigantic gray wolf whose death defying predations on sheep and cattle herds are the scourge of farmers and ranchers in the Currumpaw region of northern New Mexico This great wolf is just one of the animals whose true stories come to life in this engrossing collection of tales by the celebrated naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton 1860 1946 Combining scientific observations of animals in their natural habitats with a romantic vision of nature and the narrative skills of a born storyteller, Seton created an extraordinary collection of tales that gave the animal story new force and believability as a literary genre Critically and popularly acclaimed upon its initial appearance in 1898, Wild Animals I Have Known remains, a century later, the best known and best loved of his works.Each tale focuses on an individual creature the clever crow, Silverspot Raggylug, a young cottontail rabbit the author s errant hound, Bingo Redruff, a Don Valley partridge a wild horse known as The Mustang Vixen, The Springfield Fox and Willy, faithful sheep dog by day and treacherous killer by night Seton offers affectionate but realistic portraits of each animal, stressing the commonality between his subjects and their human neighbors.In addition to his popular wildlife stories, the author is well known for his work as an illustrator and painter This edition faithfully reproduces the layout of the original volume, as well as all 200 of the author s distinctive illustrations Animal lovers, environmentalists, naturalists, and any reader who appreciates a lively yarn will cherish this memorable wildlife classic.

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    About "Ernest Thompson Seton"

    1. Ernest Thompson Seton

      Ernest Thompson Seton was a Scots Canadian and naturalized U.S citizen who became a noted author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians, and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America BSA Seton also heavily influenced Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting His notable books related to Scouting include The Birch Bark Roll and The Boy Scout Handbook He is responsible for the strong influence of American Indian culture in the BSA.He was born Ernest Evan Thompson in South Shields, County Durham now part of South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear , England of Scottish parents and his family emigrated to Canada in 1866 As a youth, he retreated to the woods to draw and study animals as a way of avoiding his abusive father He won a scholarship in art to the Royal Academy in London, England.He later rejected his father and changed his name to Ernest Thompson Seton He believed that Seton had been an important name in his paternal line He developed a fascination with wolves while working as a naturalist for Manitoba He became successful as a writer, artist and naturalist, and moved to New York City to further his career Seton later lived at Wyndygoul, an estate that he built in Cos Cob, a section of Greenwich, Connecticut After experiencing vandalism by the local youth, Seton invited them to his estate for a weekend where he told stories of the American Indians and of nature.He formed the Woodcraft Indians in 1902 and invited the local youth to join The stories became a series of articles written for the Ladies Home Journal and were eventually collected in the The Birch Bark Roll of the Woodcraft Indians in 1906.He was married twice The first marriage was to Grace Gallatin in 1896 Their only daughter, Ann, was born in 1904 and died in 1990 Ann, who later changed her first name, became a best selling author of historical and biographical novels as Anya Seton According to her introduction to the novel Green Darkness, both of her parents were practicing Theosophists Ernest and Grace divorced in 1935, and Ernest soon married Julia M Buttree Julia would write works by herself and with Ernest They did not have any children, but did adopt an infant daughter, Beulah Dee Seton later Dee Seton Barber , in 1938 Dee Seton Barber died in 2006.

    830 thoughts on “Wild Animals I Have Known”

    1. This was a gift from my teachers when I finished elementary school. It's a nice read, full of natural scenes, stories about animals and the relationship of the humans with them. Some of them are sad, some of them touching, but all of them interesting.

    2. I discovered a battered copy of this book in my school library when I was about 10. I found it veryfecting. The book made me angry and sad, but I would return to it over and over as a sort of cathartic. I was not the sort of kid who cried at books or movies, but this book made me cry. I know it affected my writing for a long time, perhaps to this day.

    3. A must-read.Sir David Attenborough wrote, in his forward for Seton's biography Ernest Thompson Seton: The Life and Legacy of an Artist and Conservationist, "I was given a copy of Wild Animals I Have Known when I was eight. I still have it. It was the most precious book of my childhood. I knew very well that the man who wrote it understood the animals he was writing about with an intimacy, perception, and sympathy that was not equaled by any other author that I had read."

    4. I was somewhat disappointed by this book but regardless, it was still a good insight into the natural animal world in parts of Canada 100 years ago. The author had a real talent for observation of the animals he came to 'know' and described what seems like commonplace animal activities, to be activities with real meaning to the creatures and their life. Social order, communication and bonds were seen and recorded.

    5. I really can't say whether I liked this book or not since there were some stories that I thought were decent while in others the author was quite hypocritical. And yet at the same time he was hypocritical he was showing the views that people, especially outdoorsmen had at that time, around particular types of creatures, especially those of the canine family. The writing was decent but didn't quite catch the attention so it was a mediocre read. There are definitely no really rough words to unders [...]

    6. I was first introduced to this book more than 50 years ago. My parents and my older sister read the stories to me until I was able to read them myself. I especially loved the legends of Lobo, King of the Carrumpaw, and of The Pacing Stallion. When my family acquired a German Shepherd puppy, we named him, "Lobo". About 10 years ago I found a 1926 hard copy of the book that looked like the one I'd loved as a child. I was thrilled to purchase it! I've recently purchased an mp3 of the audio edition, [...]

    7. I read this aloud to my twins when they were in fifth grade. It somehow evokes a pathos for the plight of wild creatures without being sentimental or preachy. Each story is plainly told with detailed realism. My son, now in ninth grade, just picked it up and read it again on his own. I believe it has contributed to his love of nature.

    8. Parts of this book were very interesting, especially the segments dealing with urban wildlife in early 20th century Toronto. The two segments set in the western part of North America were violent and disturbing at times, especially when depicting the cruelty of the ranchers towards wolves.

    9. A wonderful book. These are not Disney stories, but real stories of amazing animals by someone who cared enough to pay attention to real animals and what they are like. Some of the tales are heartbreaking. I think they are all beautiful.

    10. I’m finding it incredibly difficult to review this book as it’s so contradictory that I both love it and hate it.Seton gives a disclaimer in the first few pages when he says: ‘The fact that these stories are true is the reason why all are tragic. The life of a wild animal always has a tragic end’, but this wasn’t enough to prepare me for the harrowing stories that followed. ‘Have the wild things no moral or legal rights? What right has man to inflict such long and fearful agony on a [...]

    11. A collection of animal stories that sparked a nationwide literary controversy, which had to be resolved by the President of the United States? It is wonderfully ironic to look back at the insults traded, and the accusations of "anthropomorphism", and "sentimentalism" - I conclude (as a 21st century zoologist), that the criticisms were totally bogus, and this work is actually a fantastic perspective on nature and wildlife, as well as an enchanting read and a wonderful advocate of environmentalism [...]

    12. This is such a fascinating book of stories. Poignant. Sometimes humorous, often tragic. Beautifully written, with great respect for the lives and ways of these animals. This was my son's favorite book of 5th grade. When he came to me to narrate on his last day of reading, it was with such a melancholy air: sad to turn the last page on a beloved book, and a little heartbroken about the fate of Redruff and his family. The book gently exposes kids to the harsh realities of nature and loss, while in [...]

    13. The controversies about this book go back to its publication (the "nature fakers" dispute instigated by John Burroughs). But I loved reading the book as a kid, and I loved re-reading it as an adult just as much. Seton's work makes the sensitive reader of any age more empathetic towards animals, and in my eyes that can only be a good thing.

    14. It was a sad bookI read it and it almost made me cry.😢It gets you excited on what the animals are doing, and you start to like the animal, then you feel like your there right next to the animald thwn the anlimal dies.😮☹🙁😢😭😭😭

    15. Now this is the type of book that I was looking for in 7th grade. This book is a good example that an old timely book isn't always too descriptive.

    16. Too much anthropomorphism for me, and ascribing negative qualities to the predators. But some good passages in there too. I'll be keeping it.

    17. Except for the gruesome death of Blanca in the first story, Lobo, I did quite enjoy reading these stories. Seton writes with a sing-song, nursery rhyme rhythm and so reading simply flows along. Although the title of the first story, "Lobo: The King of Carrumpaw" sounded familiar to me, the death of Blanca was so shocking to my adult self that I have to assume I did not read the story as a child. Surely I would have remembered it and been prepared. I did not and was not.That said, I think that I [...]

    18. When I was a little boy, I read the comic book “Classics Illustrated” version of this novel, and the stories and vivid pictures have remained burned in my mind. After many years, what a pleasure to finally read the actual novel as an adult (though admittedly the illustrations in the version I read weren’t nearly as good). Seton was a naturalist who I understand played a pioneering role in the formation of the Boy Scouts. Presented are the stories of eight remarkable wild animals he came ac [...]

    19. Một cuốn sách tuyêt vời! Từ lâu tôi đã thắc mắc: Tại sao chúng ta cứ coi con người là trung tâm? Tại sao lại mô tả loài vật như con người? Phải chăng như thế là quá ngạo mạn? Ernest Thompson Seton đã làm điều mới mẻ, đó là kể chuyện về loài vật một cách khách quan. Cái nhìn của ông là cái nhìn của người yêu thích và am hiểu thiên nhiên, công việc của ông là mô tả lại những con vật [...]

    20. The stories in this book are among the first in a genre that I love very much, the "realistic" animal story. They attempt to tell the stories real animals and to translate their ways of thinking and communicating into something we can understand. They are violent, sad stories, and by contemporary standards they seem sensational, very unlikely, and highly anthropomorphic. I've seen people criticize them for this, but even in places were they seem impossible I can't help but feel a lot of truth th [...]

    21. I learned more about animal behavior in this one book than in my lifetime. Seton relates extraordinary facts about animal behavior, including a small wolf pack of five killing 250 sheep in one night for the sheer abandon of it--that is, these sheep were not eaten, merely slaughtered. Of course such behaviors put the pack at odds with men who plot and toil to kill the pack and its leader, Lobo. At the outset of his collection, Seton warns the reader that all wild animals meet a tragic end. And he [...]

    22. I've been wanting to read this book for years- ever since Alan Eckert, author of the book Incident at Hawk's Hill, recommended it to us. Eckert said this book had a strong influence on him and his writing- hence the writing of Hawk's Hill and others. Eckert said he loved it as a child. I would not recommend it to very young children- stick to Thorton Burgess for that- but for middle school and up. The stories are very detailed observations of animals in the wild. They are not sugar coated but re [...]

    23. There were a couple of stories I liked a lot (my favourite was about Silverspot the crow), but most were very difficult for me to get through. I can't stand deliberate ruthlessness in the treatment of animals, and there were plenty of cruel, relentless humans in the pages of this book. I suppose Seton himself felt as though presenting the stories this way, with a proper respect for the animals' point of view, could change peoples' attitudes toward our furry and feathered relations (in this respe [...]

    24. Only read the first story, supposed to have some claim to fame. Read it mainly to get some idea of the context out of which other (supposedly better) animal fiction grew, like London's Whitefang &c. Interesting to read, but all in all just a load of sentimental bollocks. It compares rather interestingly with the wolf section of Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing, which postures as lean, unsentimental, stark realism, but is in fact a piece of mythological drivel just as deeply sentimental as this [...]

    25. This is an American classic. If you love animal stories at all you will like the ones in this book. It is a collection of stories about the lives of wild animals known by the author. These stories are true in almost all detail with only a few embelishments. However the books star story. "Lobo,King of the Carrumpaw." It is absolutely true with pictures to verify the authors hunting down and killing a pack of wolves in the Carrumpaw Canyon area of new Mexico. It was a turning point in his life and [...]

    26. My suburban existence has sheltered me from most wild animals. Unless you count the opossum that sneaks on my porch occasionally, I have no personal experience. That is why books like this are so important. I read about the majestic beauty, strength, and cunning of wolves, horses, foxes, rabbits, and dogs. This book is does not matter a factly go through different character traits of these animals in general. Seton tells of his experience with some extra ordinary wild animals in particular. Many [...]

    27. ‘Wild Animals I Have Known’ turned out to be an beautiful book that has been in my possession pretty much all my life, but never read (let’s say 50 or 60 years). It’s a collection of really down to earth animal stories; down to earth because none has a Disney type ending at all but still great stories. As the book was first written over 100 years ago and several stories seem to be set in and around Toronto, then that too was fun to imagine that place and that time. (Toronto – wildernes [...]

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