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Publisher: Lyons Press, and Imprint of Globe Pequot Press, 2011
Material: hard cover
Summary: For more than 25 years, Dr. Roy Aronson has practiced veterinary medicine in South Africa. Through short stories, he shares his experience of working with Presents the experiences treating wild animals in their natural habitats. This collection of stories comprise Dr. Aronson's work as an African veterinarian.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 13 and Up; read yourself: 14 and Up
Interest Level: 12 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: Fascinating. Dr. Aronson's descriptions were so vivid that I often felt I was standing beside or behind him. It isn't every day that we learn how to treat lion and tigers, cobra, and crocodiles (among others). I tried to read the book cover to cover, but this really is more of an anthology. Pick stories that sound interesting. As I got about halfway through the book, the stories struck a repetitive pattern and I lost interest in continuing. Even with that, I would recommend the book for its exceptional writing and insight.
Pros: Readers who love animals and see themselves in field work will thoroughly enjoy Dr. Aronson's biography.
Cons: This is a work of nonfiction. While not "gory" there are very descriptive scenes about life in the wild that may bother some readers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Definitely worth reading. The writing is exceptional.
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Educational Themes: Start with selecting individual stories about specific animals to learn more about them and their care. Tales of an African Vet could also be an example of short story and journal formats, as it is (at its core) a collection of individual events.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.