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Favorite Animals

It would be easy to make a catalog of all the pets we've had over the years, but that's not the kind of "favorite animals" we're talking about. Favorite animals are those animals that have most thoroughly captured the imagination and love of humans. Okay, so maybe love is the wrong word to describe the dragon-craze or our enduring fascination with dinosaurs, but it surely applies to horses, dogs and cats.

The philosopher Plato had an idea that subsequent thinkers called "idealism." They didn't mean that Mr. Plato was an idealist in the way we'd call Rosa Parks or Gandhi idealists: the term idealism referred to the concept that for everything in the world (trees, chairs, noses), there was an ideal form or version of that thing in the spiritual realm.

According to Plato's theory, the azalea bush in your front yard is simply a physical representation of the perfect Azalea Bush floating who-knows-where in the infinite void. While we don't want to start any kind of philosophical war here, that's kind of the idea we're going for in this category. The animals you'll encounter in these stories, coloring books, and reference volumes embody "horseness," "catness," and "dragon-ness."

After all, the image Fred Gipson paints of Old Yeller is just a bit too good to be true. Sure, many of us have had a favorite dog who could do no wrong in our forgiving eyes, but Old Yeller is like every awesome dog who ever lived rolled into one mangy mutt. Which is the whole point—by creating a slightly unreallistic portrait of an old doggy, Gipson is able to celebrate doghood itself.

In a culture that generally looks only at the way things sometimes appear to be, however, it's easy to value animals too highly. Sure, they deserve our attention and care as representatives of creation, but no more. The Creator who made them is the only One deserving all our praise, glory and love; the animals He's made are simply avenues through which to show our worship and gratitude.

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Big Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Holiday House
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
$8.95
Biggest Bear
by Lynd Ward
from Sandpiper Books
Realistic Animal Stories for Preschool-1st grade
1953 Caldecott Medal winner
$6.95
Call of the Wild
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
$4.99
Call of the Wild
Dover Thrift Editions
by Jack London
from Dover Publications
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
$2.50
Call of the Wild & White Fang
Sterling Classics
by Jack London & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
$8.00
Case of the Cat's Meow
An I Can Read Book Level 2
by Crosby Bonsall
from HarperCollins
Mystery/Suspense for Kindergarten-2nd grade
$3.99
Dragons of the Deep
by Carl Wieland
from Master Books
for 5th-8th grade
$15.99 $11.00 (3 in stock)
Henry and Mudge
by Cynthia Rylant
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for Kindergarten-2nd grade
$3.99
Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble
by Cynthia Rylant
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for Kindergarten-2nd grade
$3.99
Henry and Ribsy
by Beverly Cleary
from HarperCollins
for 2nd-4th grade
$6.99 $3.00 (2 in stock)
Irish Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
$6.99
Mouse and the Motorcycle
Mouse & the Motorcycle #1
by Beverly Cleary
Reissue from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 2nd-4th grade
$6.99
Mouse and the Motorcycle Series
by Beverly Cleary
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 2nd-4th grade
$16.97
Mythical Beasts - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Fridolf Johnson
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
$3.99
Old Sam, Dakota Trotter
by Don Alonzo Taylor
from Bethlehem Books
Realistic Fiction for 5th-8th grade
$10.75
Old Yeller
by Fred Gipson
from HarperCollins
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
1957 Newbery Honor Book
$6.99
Old Yeller
by Fred Gipson
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
$2.00 (3 in stock)
Outlaw Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
Saving Shiloh
Shiloh #3
by Phyllis R. Naylor
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for 4th-7th grade
$5.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
$58.37
Scout's Distant Journey
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
$9.95
Scout: The Flying Phantom
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
$9.95
Scout: The Haunted Castle
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
for 4th-8th grade
$9.95
Scout: The Mystery of the Abandoned Mill
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
$9.95
Scout: The Sailing Sleuths
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
for 4th-8th grade
$9.95
Scout: The Secret of the Swamp
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
$8.95
Scout: The Treasure of Rodensteyn Castle
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
$9.95
Sea Monsters - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
$3.99
Shiloh
Shiloh #1
by Phyllis R. Naylor
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for 5th-8th grade
1992 Newbery Medal winner
$6.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Shiloh
Shiloh #1
by Phyllis R. Naylor
from Bantam Books
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-7th grade
1992 Newbery Medal winner
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Shiloh Season
Shiloh #2
by Phyllis Naylor
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for 4th-7th grade
$5.99 $3.00 (2 in stock)
Shiloh Trilogy
by Phyllis R. Naylor
from Simon and Schuster
for 4th-7th grade
$17.07
Snow Dog
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
$6.50
Sounder
by William H. Armstrong
from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1970 Newbery Medal winner
$5.99 $4.00 (4 in stock)
Sounder
by William H. Armstrong
from Scholastic Inc.
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1970 Newbery Medal winner
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Squire and the Scroll
by Jennie Bishop
from Warner Press
Allegories and Moral Stories for 2nd-5th grade
$12.99 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Stone Fox
by John Reynolds Gardiner
from HarperCollins
Realistic Animal Stories for 2nd-6th grade
$5.50 $3.50 (3 in stock)
Stormy
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
$5.99
Stormy, Misty's Foal
by Marguerite Henry
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for 3rd-6th grade
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Stormy, Misty's Foal
by Marguerite Henry
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for 3rd-6th grade
Stuart Little
by E. B. White
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 3rd-6th grade
$5.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
from Bantam Books
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
$6.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
White Fang
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
$4.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
White Fang
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
$2.50 (2 in stock)
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