How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

How to Be a Good Creature

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green.Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and enc...


Details How to Be a Good Creature

TitleHow to Be a Good Creature
ISBN9780544938328
Author
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Animals, Autobiography, Memoir, Science, Adult
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Reviews How to Be a Good Creature

  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    1970-01-01
    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book.I won’t go through all of the animals that are mentioned in the book but my favorite was Christopher Hogwood the pig and his very large personality. Even when he had grown huge and powerful he was a gentle pig....
  • Candace
    1970-01-01
    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus’ audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that taught Montgomery throughout her interesting life. Although there are a few of man’s best friend (dogs) count also emus, a tarantula, a pig, an octopus, and a weasel a...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Author Sy Montgomery’s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This illustrated memoir is so charming and reminded me that to slow down and give my own fur babies extra cuddles is good for the soul, theirs and mine.
  • Maggie Holmes
    1970-01-01
    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me because I've shut him up in a room so he won't eat my muffin, I wonder if cats teach us to be a good creature. I'll have to pay more attention. This book -- like al...
  • Margie
    1970-01-01
    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals.
  • Dani
    1970-01-01
    So sweet and sincere! The author’s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable!
  • Kirsty
    1970-01-01
    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention.
  • Jake
    1970-01-01
    Received and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person who has had a special animal in your life, it's not a matter of if you should read this book but how much you'll cry reading it.
  • Bobby
    1970-01-01
    How to Be a Good Creature calls itself "A Memoir in Thirteen Animals" and is fairly equally a memoir and about thirteen animals. It's the story of Sy Montgomery's life from her toddler years, told in the story of her childhood dog Molly, through the present. The author holds nothing back in terms of honesty about her love for these animals, the way they changed her perspective on these other animals that we share the planet with, and her own inab...
  • Emmy
    1970-01-01
    A sweet and tender memoir of a woman and the animals who touched her life. I have had Montgomery's book The Soul of an Octopus on my to-read list for a while now, so when the ARC of this title tumbled into my hands, I just had to read it!This book is super-engaging. From the start, you're completely drawn into the stories, and not only do we learn a lot about Montgomery's life, but we learn a lot about the wonderful animals who inspired her and h...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    Sy Montgomery's love of animals is emitted from every page of everything of hers I have read. She writes with wonder at all her encounters, which is the basis of this whole book. Beginning with her deep connection to her childhood dog, Molly, Sy discusses the animals that have impacted her life the most. I wanted to meet the 3 Emus about whom she developed a study, just so she could follow them around. I loved the moment she realized that Clarabe...
  • Gerri
    1970-01-01
    Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love this book. I related so much with the author, Sy Montgomery, in her love for and curiosity about the animals in her life - and not just the ones that she lived with, also the ones that she encountered in her years as an author, naturalist and adventurer. While she still can't convince me about the upside of spiders, I now have an even greater curiosity about many other creatures.Sy captures so well ho...
  • Cherie
    1970-01-01
    Disclosure: Advanced Reader’s Copy received from EdelweissPlus in exchange for an honest review. "How to Be a Good Creature" is as much a memoir about the creatures that made the most significant impact in her life as it is about Sy Montgomery. Much of the book centers around the lives and deaths of Montgomery's pig, Chris, and her dog, Tess. However, you can really feel the connection she had with each creature she encounters as she describes ...
  • Samantha Fraenkel
    1970-01-01
    This is a beautiful book! I loved the writing, full of emotional connections with different animals as well as really interesting facts about them (I never knew tarantulas were so fascinating!). The illustrations are lovely and playful and the overall theme of how our relationships with the animals we encounter in our lives can shape who we are as a person is a powerful one. Really enjoyable and highly recommended!ARC Provided by Raincoast Books
  • CJ
    1970-01-01
    Montgomery's memoir honoring some of the creatures that have shaped her adventures and life, is truely beautiful. It is a heartwarming collection that will make you smile and laugh and cry. I've always found that the wee beasties whose lives become entwined in ours, haunt our memories just as much as humans. That's how we know they are special - they leave a mark.Recommended for animal lovers.Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.
  • Kristina
    1970-01-01
    I almost feel like a monster for giving this a two star rating, but truthfully I only enjoyed the illustrations. I’ve never read anything by Sy Montgomery before, and her writing here did not interest me whatsoever. It was too simplistic and dull.
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    Very SweetThis quick read is like dry-cleaning my soul.It is warm, sweet, abundantly with love, caring, empathy, from a perspective I can totally understand.Thank you for writing it.
  • Terzah
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this sweet meditation on animals from nature/environmental writer Montgomery. Clearly a sensitive soul, she has an amazing eye for description and a sharp instinct for the emotions and intelligence of other creatures.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I loved the format of this scientist's story, which was based on her interactions with animals at pivotal points during her life. It was personal and moving, and it would be a great suggestion for students who enjoy the Scientist in the Field series.
  • Lauren Watts
    1970-01-01
    A touching, heartwarming account of Sy Montgomery and her life spent with her pets. Each chapter recounts stories or her pets and how they shaped her into the woman she is today. You will smile, you will cry, and you will hug your pets a little tighter!
  • Ampersand Inc.
    1970-01-01
    So sweet and sincere! The author’s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable!
  • Stephanie Gillman
    1970-01-01
    Simple. But charming AF.
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    Heartwarming, affirming, and a great one-evening, feel-good read.
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    Thoroughly enjoyed!
  • Joyce
    1970-01-01
    Received an ARC from the publisher.Really enjoyed this cute and heartwarming memoir. The illustrations of the animals were beautifully drawn.
  • Nichole Midgett
    1970-01-01
    Fast, entertaining, quick read. Must say I got teary eyed a couple of times.
  • E.B.
    1970-01-01
    OBSESSED.
  • Book Seller GV
    1970-01-01
    Beautifully illustrated and charmingly written, Montgomery's stories of some of the animals in her life reminds us why we love animals and all that they teach us.