Creatures of the Kingdom: Stories of Animals and Nature

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In sixteen wonderful stories, Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener burrows deep into the secret lives of animals and the hidden world of nature. Here he sheds light on nature’s most awesome and beguiling handiwork, from the sublime shaping and reshaping of earth’s lands and seas to a ridiculous armadillo’s assault on a bit of Texas real estate that paid off handsomely. Handpicked from Michener’s most popular books, these ...

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Overview

In sixteen wonderful stories, Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener burrows deep into the secret lives of animals and the hidden world of nature. Here he sheds light on nature’s most awesome and beguiling handiwork, from the sublime shaping and reshaping of earth’s lands and seas to a ridiculous armadillo’s assault on a bit of Texas real estate that paid off handsomely. Handpicked from Michener’s most popular books, these mini-masterpieces are imbued with the music of the spheres and the heartbeat of creation.
 
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“[Creatures of the Kingdom contains] the dramatic elements of a life—the wonder of birth, rites of passage, lots of conflict, much of it physical and bloody, and death. . . . As characters in a James Michener novel, a beaver can know loneliness, a buffalo can bide his time, a salmon can feel encouraged, and a woolly mammoth can ‘luxuriate’ in the ecological rewards of a plains fire.”Boston Sunday Herald
 
“Dramatic . . . enthralling . . . expertly crafted . . . Michener treats each of these creatures with fundamental respect, and in many cases, admiration and awe, if not outright love.”The Virginian-Pilot
 
“Anyone who has read a James Michener novel knows that it’s a learning experience as well as an adventure.”The Sacramento Bee
 
“Delightful . . . nature writing at its most fluid and involving.”Booklist

The nature stories that have captivated Michener's readers are collected in this single volume, along with one never-before-published story. Together they offer a mesmerizing journey through the natural world, across time, and around the globe. 16 drawings. Interview on Larry King.

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“[Creatures of the Kingdom contains] the dramatic elements of a life—the wonder of birth, rites of passage, lots of conflict, much of it physical and bloody, and death. . . . As characters in a James Michener novel, a beaver can know loneliness, a buffalo can bide his time, a salmon can feel encouraged, and a woolly mammoth can ‘luxuriate’ in the ecological rewards of a plains fire.”Boston Sunday Herald
 
“Dramatic . . . enthralling . . . expertly crafted . . . Michener treats each of these creatures with fundamental respect, and in many cases, admiration and awe, if not outright love.”The Virginian-Pilot
 
“Anyone who has read a James Michener novel knows that it’s a learning experience as well as an adventure.”The Sacramento Bee
 
“Delightful . . . nature writing at its most fluid and involving.”Booklist
School Library Journal
YA-Flowing descriptions, scientific details, and unique individuals unite in this anthology composed primarily of excerpts from Michener's earlier works. The stories provide a variety of animal personalities and actions. The gentle, the stubborn, the vicious, and the humorous all fight to survive in their own unique ways. The animals always remain true to their natural instincts. Frequently they are called by their species name; sometimes, though, the author has given them affectionate, Latinized versions of their scientific names. Although the brevity of the selections and the inclusion of line drawings may appeal to younger students, the vocabulary is a bit challenging. Dialogue is kept to a minimum and is only used in those few stories where humans appear. A wonderful opportunity for students to become acquainted with a talented writer without having to tackle one of his longer works.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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A treasury of 16 tales of animal life and the natural world, excerpted from Michener's superb novels, including Alaska, Chesapeake, Hawaii, and Centennial. Illustrated with 17 b&w drawings, these stories illuminate man's relationship with nature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345483034
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 642,746
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Biography

James Albert Michener is a Pulitzer prize-winning author reknowned for his historical epics. A prolific novelist and relentless researcher, Michener wrote over books. Despite his substantial commercial success, he was known to be a humble man and a was an active philanthropist. His many beloved works include Tales of the South Pacific, which was adapted for Broadway and film as South Pacific, Hawaii and The Source.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Albert Michener (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1907
    1. Date of Death:
      October 16, 1997
    2. Place of Death:
      Austin, Texas

Table of Contents

Foreword
From the Boundless Deep (from Hawaii) 3
The Birth of the Rockies (from Centennial) 23
Diplodocus, the Dinosaur (from Centennial) 41
A Miracle of Evolution (from Centennial) 57
The Mastodon (from Alaska) 71
Matriarch, the Woolly Mammoth (from Alaska) 83
Portrait of Rufous (from Centennial) 103
The Beaver (from Centennial) 125
The Eagle and the Snake Epilogue: the Death of Elly Zahm (from Centennial) 137
The Hyena (from The Covenant) 151
Nerka the Salmon (from Alaska) 169
Onk-Or (from Chesapeake) 189
The Invaders (from Texas) 209
Jimmy the Crab (from Chesapeake) 221
Lucifer and Hey-You (from Chesapeake) 233
The Colonel and Genghis Khan (with An Introductory Note) 255
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    Have not read this yet, but all of Michener's books engulf you.

    Michener always brings out the most interesting facts about his subject. I have all of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2001

    A great change of pace

    I found this at a used book store and I'm sorry to see that it is no longer available any other way. Basically a book of short stories, this is for anyone who is a nature lover or just enjoys a good story. Since most of the stories are excerpts from his earlier works, Michener fans will enjoy returning to an author who always pleased, and to the rest it is a great introduction to a truly great author.

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