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Creatures of the Kingdom: Stories of Animals and Nature
     

Creatures of the Kingdom: Stories of Animals and Nature

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by James A. Michener
 

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"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 & The Ledger-Star
In these sixteen wonderful stories, bestselling author James A. Michener lights up nature's most awesome and beguiling handiwork—from the

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"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 & The Ledger-Star
In these sixteen wonderful stories, bestselling author James A. Michener lights up nature's most awesome and beguiling handiwork—from the sublime shaping and reshaping of earth's land and seas to the ridiculous armadillo whose assault on a bit of Texas real estate paid off handsomely. Chosen from Michener's most popular books—including one story never before published in paperback—these mini-masterpieces take us deep into the secret lives of animals and the hidden world of nature. In them we hear the music of the spheres and feel the heartbeat of creation.
"Contain[s] 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 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
"Delightful...Nature writing at its most fluid and involving."
—Booklist

Editorial Reviews

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
Brad Hooper
What at first may seem no more than a commercially motivated churn-out from the Michener mill is not that at all. Gathered in this delightful "anthology" (which most public libraries won't want to do without) are sections from Michener's novels that deal with animals and other less animate aspects of the natural world. Everyone who's ever read one of Michener's novels--and experienced his full course in the biological and geological background of whatever setting he's dealing with--knows his research is thorough and his presentation of facts and information exciting. It's those nature-describing passages that have been collected here. From the volcanic activity that gave birth to the Hawaiian Islands described so dramatically in "Hawaii" to the habits of the dinosaur called "diplodocus" brilliantly reconstructed in "Centennial", from the life story of the salmon poignantly depicted in "Alaska" to that of the blue crab in "Chesapeake", these selections represent nature writing as its most fluid and involving. One doesn't have to be a flaming animal lover to love these stories.
From the Publisher
“[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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517164402
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/12/1993
Pages:
281

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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Creatures of the Kingdom: Stories of Animals and Nature 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
skippyKD More than 1 year ago
Michener always brings out the most interesting facts about his subject. I have all of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yes."