Wild Animals I Have Known
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It should be put with Kipling and Hans Christian Andersen as a classic.
Mr. Seton-Thompson holds our unflagging interest in his stories. . . . In both modes of expression [pen and pencil] he shows himself easily master of his subject.
—New York Nation.
Should become a nursery classic.—Pall Mall Gazette (London).
There is enough of the thrilling, the grewsome, and the heroic in the volume to satisfy any child, and the illustrations are graceful and clever.
—Westminster Gazette (London).
The book is a charming literary conceit, and is entirely unique and off the usual lines.—Buffalo (N. Y.) Commercial.
Mr. Seton-Thompson tells some wonder tales that cannot fail to interest. Eight brilliantly interesting sketches.—Boston Globe.
Conveys subtly and unconsciously the higher beauty of the moral laws which nature has set up.—Brooklyn Eagle.
A well-written and well-illustrated book.—The Spectator (London).
Mr. Seton-Thompson is the Carlyle of the animal world outside man. . . . We marvel at the psychological sympathy with the characters of this more than interesting book.—The Zoologist (London.)
These eight short tales surpass in interest and verisimilitude anything Kipling's "Jungle Tales" or "Uncle Remus" possess for their readers.
There is nothing in modern story-telling which equals the tale of the capture and humiliation of the Pacing Mustang by the treacherous snare of Old Turkeytrack. The story of the dog Bingo is a classic, while "Wully," the double-lived "yaller-dog," the Jekyl and Hyde of dogdom in literature, stands unique and inapproachable.
In depicting animal life and animal character, Mr. Seton-Thompson has probably no peer in this country, and this delightful volume of his shows us that his pen is as mighty as his marvellous pencil and brush.—New York Mail and Express.
It can be read to advantage by either adult or child. "The Pacing Mustang" and "Wully," the story of a yaller dog, are stories that delight the reader.
The artistic work of the book is by Mrs. Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson, to whose valuable assistance her husband, the author, pays tribute.—New Haven Union.
The originality and freshness of these stories is irresistible. Lobo is probably the most wonderful true story of wild-animal cunning that has appeared in English so far. . . . These stories will be read and treasured long after the "Jungle Stories" have been forgotten.—Mr. William T. Hornaday, Director N, Y. Zoological Park, in Recreation for December.
Here is a book worth while. He writes like a naturalist and a poet combined. He has Kipling's gift of making you know and sympathize with wild animals. He helps one to get their point of view.
Mr. Seton-Thompson's book sets a new mark in natural-history studies.
Buffalo (N. Y.) Express.
At first sight this highly artistic book might not seem germane to anthropology; yet on careful perusal it is found to deal, on nearly every page, with characteristics shared by lower animals and men especially men of the lower culture-grades. Mr. Seton-Thompson is a naturalist, as his record shows, an artist of notable strength and facility, as his effective picturing proves, and a writer of ability and skill (not to say genius), as his vivid and lucid sentences and the delicately woven web of each of his chapters testify eloquently. . . . The book indeed is a revelation.
—Prof. W. J. McGre in American Anthropologist.
. . . A better attempt than Kipling's to restore the kinship of man and the animals in Mr. Ernest Seton-Thompson's book. This is woodcraft lived before our eyes.—New York Times.
A book that will afford genuine delight to all lovers of animals. Mr. Seton-Thompson is the illustrator as well as the writer of the book, and shows himself equally clever with pen and pencil. The volume is a quaint and beautiful specimen of bookmaking, and should be kept in mind.—New York Examiner.
A charming book. . . . The full-page illustrations and the decorated margins make the work as attractive on the side of art as on the side of nature. It will be a strong competitor with Kipling's "Jungle Stories" for the suffrages of the young folks.
—New York Outlook.
. . . One of the most valuable contributions to animal psychology and biography that has yet appeared.—J. A. Allen in the American Naturalist.
Ernest Seton-Thompson is known to be an expert in his line. Therefore his book compels our respect, even before we investigate the biographies. Lobo's story is one of the most romantic and thrilling known among men, to say nothing of wolves. The "Jungle Book" is not more sympathetic in tone, and not more magnetic in appeal.
—Chicago (Ill.) Times-Herald.
Undoubtedly the most unusual and attractive volume for young readers that has come to us this year.—New York Review of Reviews.
There is a wonderful pathos in these narrations. The stories of "Bingo" and Vixen, the Springfield Fox, are classics in their way.
—Washington (D. C.) Evening Star.
Nothing better than the "Story of Lobo" could be desired. . . . It is his final triumph as a story-teller that, when superior human cunning has at last prevailed, the entrapped hero is still permitted to keep the reader's admiration and interest on his side.—New York Nation.
Mr. Seton-Thompson is now drawing the best mammals of any American artist. . . . This is artistic fidelity to nature in high degree. . . . Nothing of equal simplicity could be more effective than these little marginal oddities and whimsies. The book is thoroughly good, both in purpose and execution.
—New York Evening Post.
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Copyright, 1898, by Ernest Seton-Thompson
A List of the Stories in this Book
And their Full-page Drawings
- Lobo showing the pack how to kill beef
- Tannerey, with his dogs, came galloping up the cañon
- Lobo exposing the traps
- Lobo and Blanca
- Lobo Rex Currumpæ
- The handle of a china-cup, the gem of the collection
- Roost in a row, like big folks
- The track of the murderer
- The death of Silverspot
- "Mammy, mammy!" he screamed, in mortal terror
- Rag followed the snow-white beacon
- The hound came sniffing along the log
- No chance to turn now
- Frank retreated each time the wolf turned
- Bingo and the she-wolf
- Bingo watched while Curley feasted
- They tussled and fought, while their mother looked on with fond delight
- Vix shows the cubs how to catch mice
- There she had lain, and mourned
- Away went the mustang at his famous pace
- The three maroons
- Once more a sheep-dog in charge of a flock
- Wully studied her calm face
- In the moonlight
- Redruff saving Runtie
- The owl
- The thought. (Tail-piece)