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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Big Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Big Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Holiday House
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$8.95
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)
$6.95
Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell
from Scholastic Inc.
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Call of the Wild
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Call of the Wild
Dover Thrift Editions
by Jack London
from Dover Publications
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$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
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
$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
in I Can Read Books (Location: B10-00B)
$3.99
Dragons of the Deep
by Carl Wieland
from Master Books
for 5th-8th grade
in Dinosaurs & Fossils (Location: BSR-11B)
$15.99
Henry and Mudge
by Cynthia Rylant
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Ready-to-Read (Location: B08-00C)
$3.99 $2.50 (1 in stock)
Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble
by Cynthia Rylant
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Ready-to-Read (Location: B08-00C)
$3.99
Henry and Ribsy
by Beverly Cleary
from HarperCollins
for 2nd-4th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.59
Irish Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$6.99
Mouse and the Motorcycle
Mouse & the Motorcycle #1
by Beverly Cleary
Reissue from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 2nd-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$5.59
Mouse and the Motorcycle Series
by Beverly Cleary
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 2nd-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$16.78
Mythical Beasts - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Fridolf Johnson
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99
Old Sam, Dakota Trotter
by Don Alonzo Taylor
from Bethlehem Books
Realistic Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$10.75
Old Yeller
by Fred Gipson
from HarperCollins
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
1957 Newbery Honor Book
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$6.99
Outlaw Red
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Runaway Ralph
Mouse & the Motorcycle #2
by Beverly Cleary
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 2nd-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$5.59
Saving Shiloh
Shiloh #3
by Phyllis R. Naylor
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for 4th-7th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
Scout's Distant Journey
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$9.95
Scout: The Flying Phantom
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$9.95
Scout: The Mystery of the Abandoned Mill
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$9.95
Scout: The Sailing Sleuths
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$9.95
Scout: The Secret of the Swamp
Scout Series
by Piet Prins
from Inheritance Publications
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$9.95 $4.00 (3 in stock)
Sea Monsters - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.99
Shiloh
Shiloh #1
by Phyllis R. Naylor
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for 5th-8th grade
1992 Newbery Medal winner
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$7.99 $3.00 (2 in stock)
Shiloh
Shiloh #1
by Phyllis R. Naylor
from Bantam Books
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-7th grade
1992 Newbery Medal winner
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$3.00 (4 in stock)
Shiloh Season
Shiloh #2
by Phyllis Naylor
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for 4th-7th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Shiloh Trilogy
by Phyllis R. Naylor
from Simon and Schuster
for 4th-7th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$17.97
Snow Dog
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$6.99
Sounder
by William H. Armstrong
from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1970 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.99 $4.00 (3 in stock)
Sounder
by William H. Armstrong
from Scholastic Inc.
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1970 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
Squire and the Scroll
by Jennie Bishop
from Warner Press
Allegories and Moral Stories for 2nd-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$12.99 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Stone Fox
by John Reynolds Gardiner
from HarperCollins
Realistic Animal Stories for 2nd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.50 $3.50 (4 in stock)
Stormy
by Jim Kjelgaard
from Yearling
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$5.99
Stormy, Misty's Foal
by Marguerite Henry
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$4.79
Stuart Little
by E. B. White
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 3rd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.99
Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
from Bantam Books
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$6.99
White Fang
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$4.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
White Fang
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: A06-03A)
$2.50 (2 in stock)