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Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors For Young Folks   By: (1823-1888)

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Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors For Young Folks by James Johonnot is a delightful and educational read that introduces young readers to various animals from around the world. With its engaging narratives and vivid illustrations, the book seeks to foster a sense of appreciation and understanding of different creatures among its young audience.

The author, James Johonnot, explores the animal kingdom through a series of captivating stories, each dedicated to a specific animal. From birds and mammals to reptiles and insects, Johonnot covers a wide range of creatures, ensuring that children are exposed to a diverse array of species.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is its ability to strike a balance between entertainment and education. Each chapter not only tells an entertaining story, but also provides valuable information about the featured animal. Johonnot's writing style is accessible and engaging, making the information easily digestible for young readers. The inclusion of fun facts and anecdotes further adds to the book's appeal, ensuring that children stay immersed in the content.

Moreover, the book is adorned with beautiful and detailed illustrations that bring the animals to life on the pages. The illustrations, coupled with the descriptive writing, create a vivid picture of each creature in the reader's mind. This visual element adds an additional layer of excitement and helps children connect with the animals in a more profound way.

Another noteworthy aspect of Friends in Feathers and Fur is its emphasis on promoting empathy and respect for animals. Through the stories, Johonnot highlights the importance of coexistence and understanding between humans and our animal neighbors. This underlying message encourages readers to develop a compassionate attitude towards nature and its inhabitants.

In terms of structure, the chapters are organized in a logical and coherent manner, allowing readers to easily navigate through the book. Each story stands on its own yet contributes to the overall theme of animal diversity and interconnectedness. Furthermore, the length of each chapter is suitable for young readers, making it an ideal choice for bedtime reading or independent reading sessions.

If there is one small drawback to the book, it is that some readers might find the inclusion of lesser-known or exotic animals unfamiliar. However, this can also be viewed as an opportunity for children to expand their knowledge and discover new species, ultimately broadening their horizons.

In conclusion, Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors For Young Folks is a must-read for children curious about animals and the world around them. James Johonnot's insightful narratives and the stunning illustrations work hand in hand to create an engaging and educational experience. This book is not only an enjoyable read but also an important tool for fostering empathy, respect, and a love for nature in young readers.

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Natural History Series Book Second.


For Young Folks.



[Illustration: black swan]

New York: D. Appleton and Company. 1885.

[Illustration: Good Morning]

Good morning! good morning! the birdies sing; Good by to the windy days of spring! The sun is so bright, that we must be gay! Good morning! good morning! this glad summer day.

Copyright, 1884, By D. Appleton and Company.



A machine, turned by a crank, has been made to speak words, but nothing below a human being has been able to get thought from a written or printed page and convey it to others. To make the machine requires a vast amount of labor expended upon matter; to get the thought requires the awakening of a human spirit. The work of the machine is done when the crank stops; the mental work, through internal volition, goes on to ever higher achievements.

In schools much labor has been spent in trying to produce human speaking machines. Words are built up out of letters; short words are grouped into inane sentences such as are never used; and sentences are arranged into unnatural and insipid discourse. To grasp the thin ghost of the thought, the little human spirit must reverse its instinct to reach toward the higher, and, mole like, burrow downward... Continue reading book >>

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