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If we knew slugs a little better, could we be friends? Des Kennedy says yes, and adds fleas, mice, spiders, and snakes to the list. Creatures most of us would rather kill than cultivate as friends find and ally here, and with fascinating facts and anecdotes about his own life in a rural setting, Kennedy helps us to see allies in them as well.

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If we knew slugs a little better, could we be friends? Des Kennedy says yes, and adds fleas, mice, spiders, and snakes to the list. Creatures most of us would rather kill than cultivate as friends find and ally here, and with fascinating facts and anecdotes about his own life in a rural setting, Kennedy helps us to see allies in them as well.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781552853399
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Des Kennedy is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and environmental activist. Born in Liverpool in 1945, Des arrived in Canada at age ten. In 1968 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the Passionate Monastic Seminary in Jamaica, New York. Soon after, he moved to Denman Island, British Columbia, where he and his partner Sandy built their own house and gardens.Featured many times on television shows such as Harrowsmith Country Life, The Canadian Gardener and CBC's Midday, he won a National Journalism Award in 1990 and received a Commemorative Medal at the 125th Anniversary of Confederation.Des has published three collections of essays and one novel, two of which were shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.He currently writes a column for GardenWise magazine in Vancouver and is a regular contributor to Gardening Life magazine in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgements xiii
Chapter 1 Bats--The Devil's Bird 1
Chapter 2 Alders--Healing the Wounds 13
Chapter 3 Fleas--The Jokes Aren't Funny Any More 23
Chapter 4 Deer--The Terrible Beauties 33
Chapter 5 Slugs--Nature's Slimy Recyclers 45
Chapter 6 Dandelion--Tramp with a Golden Head 55
Chapter 7 Pigeons--Rock Doves on a Roll 65
Chapter 8 Flies--Awful Fecundity 73
Chapter 9 Moss--Softening the Stones 83
Chapter 10 Mice--From Steppes to Stars 93
Chapter 11 Raven--The Great Transformer 105
Chapter 12 Raccoons--Crafty Handiwork 115
Chapter 13 Spiders--The Sinister Spinners 125
Chapter 14 Starlings--Murmurations and a Mirror 135
Chapter 15 Snakes--Saint Patrick's Malediction 145
Chapter 16 Stinging Nettles--Devilishly Delicious 155
Chapter 17 Rats--Who's Racing Whom? 163
Chapter 18 Toads and Frogs--The Free Tenors 173
Chapter 19 Wasps--The Social Terrorists 185
Chapter 20 Wood Decomposers--Dealing with the Debris 195
Metric Conversion Table 204
Bibliography 205
Index 210
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