Animal Dialogues is a collection of 37 brilliantly written essays of varying lengths. Most are
reflections written about the author's personal encounters, covering topics from mosquitos to bears, from the
Sonora Desert in Mexico to the Yukon River.
These essays are written with a unique understanding and respect for the animals encountered. There are many
interesting bits of information: the birds flying into and out of the twin beams where the World Trade Center
once stood; the mountain lion, which has become the animal most likely to make a meal of a human in North America;
the coyote, which the more one kills, the more live coyotes one must contend with. Start shooting coyotes and the
females start having more pups. The tip of a coyote's tail is black because it was the coyote who stole fire and
brought it to humans. He stole it by thrusting his own tail into the fire, thus turning the end black.
These are only a few of the fascinating facts learned. The reader can get lost in these encounters with
nature if he cannot experience the same in person. The stories are well told and are fun, educational and
delightful to read.
This could be an addition to a reading list in any school curriculum.