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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 unrealistic 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.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

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"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"
by Patricia Thomas
from HarperCollins
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$14.44
101 Dalmatians
by Dodie Smith
Reissue from Puffin Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.94
ABC Bunny
by Wanda Gág
from University of Minnesota
Word Books for 1st-3rd grade
1934 Newbery Honor Book
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$12.71
ABC with Winnie-the Pooh
by Ernest H. Shepard
from Egmont
for Nursery-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear
by Hans de Beer
Fir from Scholastic Inc.
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod
by Robert J. Blake
Reprint from Puffin Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Album of Horses
by Marguerite Henry
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for 3rd-7th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$14.44 $6.80 (3 in stock)
Album of Horses
by Marguerite Henry
from Scholastic Inc.
Realistic Animal Stories for 3rd-7th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
Album of Horses
by Marguerite Henry
from Rand McNally
for 3rd-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$9.60 (1 in stock)
Album of Horses
by Marguerite Henry
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for 3rd-7th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$16.99 $9.60 (1 in stock)
All Creatures Great and Small
James Herriot Series Book 1
by James Herriot
from St. Martin's Press
Realistic Fiction for 8th-Adult
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.00
All Creatures Great and Small
James Herriot Series Book 1
by James Herriot
from St. Martin's Press
Realistic Fiction for 7th-Adult
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$13.59
All Things Bright and Beautiful
James Herriot Series Book 2
by James Herriot
from St. Martin's Press
Realistic Fiction for 7th-12th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$13.59
Along Came a Dog
by Meindert DeJong & Maurice Sendak
from HarperCollins
Realistic Animal Fiction for 4th-8th grade
1959 Newbery Honor Book
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.09
Ancient, Strange, and Lovely (The Dragon Chronicles)
Dragon Chronicles #4
by Susan Fletcher
Reprint from Atheneum
for 3rd-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.79
Angelina at the Fair
by Katharine Holabird
from Pleasant Company Publications, Inc.
for 1st-3rd grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Angus and the Cat
by Marjorie Flack
from Sunburst Book
Animal Realistic for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.79
Angus Lost
by Marjorie Flack
from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Animal Realistic for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.79
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk & Barbara Garrison (illusttrator)
from Purple House Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$16.11
Answers Book for Kids Volume 2
by Ken Ham
from Master Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Worldview & Apologetics for Kids (Location: CPB-08A)
$6.79 $5.00 (2 in stock)
Ant and the Elephant
by Bill Peet
from Sandpiper Books
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$8.49
Babar and Father Christmas
by Jean De Brunhoff
1st edition from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$13.56
Babar and His Children
by Jean De Brunhoff
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$13.56
Babar and Zephir
by Jean de Brunhoff
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Babar the King
by Jean de Brunhoff
from Random House
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$13.56 $6.40 (1 in stock)
Babe the Gallant Pig
by Dick King-Smith
1st edition from Yearling
Animal Stories: Fantasy for 2nd-5th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$5.94
Balto and the Great Race
Totally True Adventures
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
1st Printing from Random House Books for Young Readers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$4.24
Bear Called Paddington
by Michael Bond
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 2nd-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$8.49
Bear Mouse
by Berniece Freschet
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Bears
Usborne Beginners
by Emma Helbrough
from Usborne
for 1st-2nd grade
in Usborne Beginners (Location: CPB-05B)
$3.99
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
from Candlewick Press
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
2001 Newbery Honor Book
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.94 $3.20 (2 in stock)
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
from Candlewick Press
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
2001 Newbery Honor Book
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.94
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
from Candlewick Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.40 (1 in stock)
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Reprint from Candlewick Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.80 (3 in stock)
Beowulf
by Anonymous (translation by Seamus Heaney)
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Medieval Poetic Epic for 9th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$21.21
Beowulf the Warrior
by Ian Serraillier
from Bethlehem Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 4th-8th grade
in Classics Retold (Location: A10-03A)
$9.31
Berenstain Bears Discover God's Creation
by Jan Berenstain Stan Berenstain
from Zonderkidz
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Berenstains' B Book
Bright & Early Books
by Stan Berenstain
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-1st grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Berlioz the Bear
by Jan Brett
1st THUS from Scholastic Inc.
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Bernadette's Busy Morning
by Ila Hodgson
from Parents Magazine Press
for Nursery-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon
by Ellen Morris Bishop
1st edition from Mountaineers Books
for Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: C08-04)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Big Book of Horses to Color
Dover Coloring Books
by Green, John
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$7.95
Big Brown Bear
by Georges Duplaix
7th edition from Western Publishing
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Little Golden Books (Location: CPB-01D)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Big Dinosaur Sticker Book
by Paul Nicholls
from Usborne
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Usborne Sticker Books (Location: A01-01A)
$7.19
Big Max
An I Can Read Books Level 2
by Kin Platt
Revised from HarperCollins
for Grades 1-3
in I Can Read Books (Location: CPB-04B)
$3.99
Big Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Holiday House
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$7.61
Big-Enough Anna
by Pam Flowers
No Edition Stated from Alaska Northwest Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Bigger Than T. Rex
by Don Lessem
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Biggest Bear
by Lynd Ward
from Sandpiper Books
Realistic Animal Stories for Preschool-1st grade
1953 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.91
Billy and Blaze
by C. W. Anderson
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.79
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