Genre: Non-fiction, conservation, nature, spirituality.
Publisher: HMH Books
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
This is an extra special book. It’s filled with nourishing and kind-hearted stories of one woman’s relationships with a lifetime’s worth of unique and amazing creatures. Author Sy Montgomery’s relationships with animals mirrors so many other people’s stories and the secret any animal lover will tell you. That these relationships are transformative, life-affirming and give great joy.
Montgomery’s 20 books for both adults and children have gained many awards for science writing and literary non-fiction. How to be a Good Creature exists at the crossroads between memoir, love letter and science book. Each chapter is a story of an creature that Montgomery has loved along with beautiful illustrations. This book is bursting with heart and soul – it’s great for adults and kids alike. Montgomery’s larger than life happy pig named Christopher Hogwood jumps out of the page vividly and lovingly:
Christopher Hogwood was such a beautiful character that it put me off eating meat ever again! 5*/5
Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as adults. She is author of more than 20 books including The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, and How to be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.