Uncommon Encounters In The Wild
Baker & Taylor
A lyrical tour of the hidden world of wild animals is presented through a series of forty narrative essays on the author's encounters with a variety of species, in a volume that evaluates the behaviors, habitats, and life cycles of such creatures as bighorn sheep, sharks, and peregrine falcons. 15,000 first printing.
Colorado-based naturalist Childs presents another volume of vignettes, some taken from his 1997 Crossing Paths and other written since then. Each describes an encounter with a non-human animal, among them raccoon, raven, pronghorn antelope, and praying mantis. He has not indexed the collection. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Hachette Book Group
From one of the finest nature writers at work in America today-a lyrical, dramatic, illuminating tour of the hidden domain of wild animals.
Whether recalling the experience of being chased through the Grand Canyon by a bighorn sheep, swimming with sharks off the coast of British Columbia, watching a peregrine falcon perform acrobatic stunts at 200 miles per hour, or engaging in a tense face-off with a mountain lion near a desert waterhole, Craig Childs captures the moment so vividly that he puts the reader in his boots.
Each of the forty brief, compelling narratives in THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES focuses on the author's own encounter with a particular species and is replete with astonishing facts about the species' behavior, habitat, breeding, and lifespan. But the glory of each essay lies in Childs's ability to portray the sometimes brutal beauty of the wilderness, to capture the individual essence of wild creatures, to transport the reader beyond the human realm and deep inside the animal kingdom
A tour of the hidden world of wild animals offers forty narrative essays on the author's encounters with a variety of species, in a volume that evaluates the behaviors, habitats, and life cycles of such creatures as bighorn sheep, sharks, and peregrine falcons.
New York Little, Brown and Company, 2007