I just love books that argue for the idea that animals have emotions such as love, grief and compassion. I have observed that myself and it makes me think that this author is definitely onto something right.
This book is funny in places and serious in others. Peter Wohllenben explores through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two timing magpies and scheming roosters. This book shows that Peter Wohllenben has a wealth of personal experience observing nature n forests and fields with the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world.
Peter Wohllenben argues that horses feel shame, deer grieve and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.
Peter Wohllenben follows the hugely successful previous book of his entitled The Hidden Life of Trees which I also reviewed here on my blog. This book is just as wonderful with insightful stories into the emotions, thoughts, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in amazing ways, and they are also much closer to us than we would like to admit.
I love books that enliven and enlarge your mind. And this book really did that for me.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth