The Last Animal

Author: Abby Geni
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 161902182X
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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The Last Animal by Abby Geni is that rare literary find — a remarkable series of stories unified around one theme: people who use the interface between the human and the natural world to contend with their modern challenges in love, loss, and family life. These are vibrant, weighty stories that herald the arrival of a young writer of surprising feeling and depth. “Terror Birds” tracks the dissolution of a marriage set against an ostrich farm in the sweltering Arizona desert; “Dharma at the Gate” features the tempest of young love as a teenaged girl must choose between man’s best friend, her damaged boyfriend, and a beckoning future; “Captivity” follows an octopus handler at an aquarium still haunted by the disappearance of her brother years ago; “The Girls of Apache Bryn Mawr” details a Greek chorus of Jewish girls at a summer camp whose favorite counselor goes missing under suspicious circumstances; “In the Spirit Room” centers on a scientist suffering the heartbreaking loss of a parent from Alzheimer’s while living in the natural history museum where they both worked; in “Fire Blight” a father grieving over his wife’s recent miscarriage finds an outlet for comfort in their backyard garden and makes a surprising discovery on how to cherish living things; and in the title story, a retired woman traces the steps of the husband who left her thirty years ago, burning the letters he had sent along the way, while the luminous and exotic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean opens up to receive her. Unflinching, exciting, ambitious and yet heartfelt, The Last Animal will guide readers through a menagerie of settings and landscapes as it underscores the connection among all living things.

Buffalo Jake and the Last Animal Crusade

Author: Joe Trojan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780759660175
Category: Fiction
Page: 252
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A scientist discovers a panda paw print language. He translates a story describing a species that almost drove all animals into extinction long ago. The animals lead a heroic crusade to restore the web of life before it's too late.

The Last Unicorn

Is It My Responsibility to Protect the Environment? a Story and Activity Based Approach for 8 to 12 Year Olds
Author: Fiona Angwin,Jeff Foster
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446238110
Page: 88
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This is a resource that will capture and excite the imagination of young people. A beautifully told story explores, through a mythical animal, the environmental issues of endangered species. The tale includes adventure and time travel. Each of the six lessons provides teacher notes, class activities, discussion points, games and worksheets. The stories could be incorporated into: " Literacy hour " PSHCE " Citizenship " Geography " History " Environmental studies National curriculum connections are provided for Key Stage 2 and 3 including: " Living things " Chronological understanding " Ideas and evidence in science " Thinking about the lives of people in other places and times, and people with different values and customs. Another inspirational idea put into practice by the author team who were highly commended in the NASEN/TES book competition for their previous work on Anger Management.

The Last of the O-forms

Author: James Van Pelt
Publisher: Fairwood Press, Inc
ISBN: 9780974657356
Category: Fiction
Page: 216
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Presents a collection of fifteen short stories in a variety of genres, ncluding horror, science fiction, fantasy, and ghost stories.

The Way to Nirvana (Annotated Edition)

Author: Louis de la Vallée Poussin
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849621960
Page: 199
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This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids Poussin provides deep thoughts on the Indian philosophy of rebirth and the Nirvana. Contents: Chapter I - Indian Disciplines Of Salvation Chapter II - The Buddhist Soul Chapter III - Buddhist Definition Of Karman Chapter IV - The Doctrine Of Karman And Transmigration, Cosmogony, Theogony Chapter V - NirvāṆa Chapter VI - The Path To NirvāṆa

The Golden Bough

Author: James George Frazer
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486424927
Category: Social Science
Page: 756
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An expert in myth and religion, the author spent over a quarter-century assembling this study of the cults, rites, and myths of antiquity. Frazer's definitions of "magic," "religion," and "science" were useful to his successors in social anthropology, and his explications of ancient legends influenced generations of writers and poets.

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (Complete)

A Study in Magic and Religion
Author: Sir James George Frazer
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465538461
Page: 971
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For some time I have been preparing a general work on primitive superstition and religion. Among the problems which had attracted my attention was the hitherto unexplained rule of the Arician priesthood; and last spring it happened that in the course of my reading I came across some facts which, combined with others I had noted before, suggested an explanation of the rule in question. As the explanation, if correct, promised to throw light on some obscure features of primitive religion, I resolved to develop it fully, and, detaching it from my general work, to issue it as a separate study. This book is the result. Now that the theory, which necessarily presented itself to me at first in outline, has been worked out in detail, I cannot but feel that in some places I may have pushed it too far. If this should prove to have been the case, I will readily acknowledge and retract my error as soon as it is brought home to me. Meantime my essay may serve its purpose as a first attempt to solve a difficult problem, and to bring a variety of scattered facts into some sort of order and system. A justification is perhaps needed of the length at which I have dwelt upon the popular festivals observed by European peasants in spring, at midsummer, and at harvest. It can hardly be too often repeated, since it is not yet generally recognised, that in spite of their fragmentary character the popular superstitions and customs of the peasantry are by far the fullest and most trustworthy evidence we possess as to the primitive religion of the Aryans. Indeed the primitive Aryan, in all that regards his mental fibre and texture, is not extinct. He is amongst us to this day. The great intellectual and moral forces which have revolutionised the educated world have scarcely affected the peasant. In his inmost beliefs he is what his forefathers were in the days when forest trees still grew and squirrels played on the ground where Rome and London now stand.

The Last Chance Dog

and Other True Stories of Holistic Animal Healing
Author: Donna Kelleher
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439125762
Category: Pets
Page: 288
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Yogi, a small, scrappy Jack Russell terrier, has a pain in the neck, and after a month in the hospital, he still can't walk. Charlie, a charismatic rescued racing thoroughbred, has a bad back and can no longer stand the weight of a saddle. Mikey's posttraumatic stress syndrome transforms this wise feline into an anxious fellow who rips out clumps of belly hair. The mysterious tortoise Sheldon T. has disappeared, leaving only questions in his muddy wake, and Angel, an achingly beautiful, otherworldly cockatoo, has strange symptoms that defy every antibiotic known to science. Meet just a few of the compelling, complex characters in The Last Chance Dog, a twenty-first-century All Creatures Great and Small filled with entertaining, instructive, and moving true-life tales from the files of a pioneering holistic veterinarian. Dr. Donna Kelleher recounts her most intriguing cases as she takes us through the intuitive art of diagnosing animals and effecting miraculous cures with safe, natural treatments that succeed where conventional medicine has failed. Holistic medicine is their last chance, and over and over again, Kelleher heals with the gentle powers of acupuncture, animal nutrition, herbal treatments, and chiropractic. Her stories of unforgettable, ailing animals -- and the people who fight to save them -- are truly inspirational as she transforms the animals' health and the lives of those who love them. The Last Chance Dog includes advice on everything from vaccinations and commercial pet foods to step-by-step instructions for simple, safe remedies for a multitude of common conditions, including allergies, digestive problems, urinary tract infections, pain, hot spots, itchy skin, fear, and anxiety.

The Last King of Angkor Wat

A Celebration of the Animal Kingdom
Author: Graeme Base
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857978489
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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Among the ruins of beautiful Angkor Wat, Tiger, Monkey, Water Buffalo and Gecko argue over who would make the greatest king. They decide to race to the top of the hill, each hoping to prove they are most worthy. But along the way their strengths and weaknesses are revealed. Will any of them be good enough to be King? The luscious illustrations of Graeme Base are emphasised in his artwork of Angkor Wat, one of the most beautiful ruins known to people all over the world.

The Last Human

A Guide to Twenty-two Species of Extinct Humans
Author: Esteban E. Sarmiento,Gary J. Sawyer,Kenneth Mowbray,Richard Milner,Viktor Deak,Donald C. Johanson,Ian Tattersall
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300100471
Category: Science
Page: 256
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Creates three-dimensional scientific reconstructions for twenty-two species of extinct humans, providing information for each one on its emergence, chronology, geographic range, classification, physiology, environment, habitat, cultural achievements, coex

Aspects of the Medieval Animal Epic

Proceedings of the International Conference, Louvain, May 15-17, 1972
Author: Edward Rombauts,Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (1970- ). Instituut voor Middeleeuwse Studies
Publisher: Leuven University Press
ISBN: 9789061860259
Category: Nature
Page: 268
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Myths of Wilderness in Contemporary Narratives

Environmental Postcolonialism in Australia and Canada
Author: K. Crane
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137000791
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 228
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The concept of 'wilderness' as a foundational idea for environmentalist thought has become the subject of vigorous debates. Myths of Wilderness in Contemporary Narratives offers a taxonomy of the forms that wilderness writing has taken in Australian and Canadian literature, re-emphasizing both country's origins as colonies.

The Pawnee Mythology

Author: George Amos Dorsey
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803266032
Category: Social Science
Page: 546
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The Pawnee Mythology, originally published in 1906, preserves 148 tales of the Pawnee Indians, who farmed and hunted and lived in earth-covered lodges along the Platte River in Nebraska. The stories, collected from surviving members of four bands-Skidi, Pitahauirat, Kitkehahki, and Chaui-were generally told during intermissions of sacred ceremonies. Many were accompanied by music. George A. Dorsey recorded these Pawnee myths early in the twentieth century after the tribe's traumatic removal from their ancestral homeland to Oklahoma. He included stories of instruction concerning supernatural beings, the importance of revering such gifts as the buffalo and corn, and the results of violating nature. Hero tales, forming another group, usually centered on a poor boy who overcame all odds to benefit the tribe. Other tales invited good fortune, recognized wonderful beings like the witch women and spider women, and explained the origin of medicine powers. Coyote tales were meant to amuse while teaching ethics. George A. Dorsey (1868-1931) was a distinguished anthropologist and journalist who also wrote about the traditions of the Arapahos, Arikaras, and Osages. Douglas R. Parks is a professor of anthropology and associate director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana University. He is the editor of James R. Murie's Ceremonies of the Pawnee (Nebraska 1989) and the editor and translator of Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians (Nebraska 1996).