How to Be A Good Creature – by Sy Montgomery – independent book review – Non-fiction

My first exposure to respected, award-winning naturalist Sy Montgomery was an absolute delight! Here’s a book guaranteed to make you feel good about the world. With some of the sweetest illustrations by Rebecca Green. Awarded four stars on Goodreads.

A quick and easy read, this is a memoir about 13 animals who have made a difference in the life of the author. From her childhood mentor/pet — to an octopus at the Boston Aquarium — to a 750-pound pig — Montgomery values and loves each creature who passes her way. And her writing helped me see animals (including insects) in a new way. By fully appreciating each one’s distinct qualities, she made me want to do the same.

The most touching chapters for me, as a dog lover, were those about Montgomery’s three Australian shepherds — each unique, and all with gifts to share. Montgomery’s relationship with each may have been different but her devotion was always total.

Sy Montgomery
Image from her Website

I will now go on to read some of her other books.

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