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In this deeply felt call to action, Jane Goodall and her coauthor, the animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff (Minding Animals), use a series of maxims -- the Ten Trusts -- as a guide for relating to the natural world. Renowned for her groundbreaking chimpanzee studies, Goodall has shown, first with Reason for Hope and now with this book, a growing determination not only to understand the extraordinary creatures who share our planet but also to gain our help in saving them.
The simple but eloquent precepts enunciated in this book -- from rejoicing in our own place in the animal kingdom to approaching nature with respect, humility, and wisdom -- are designed to help us think about how we conduct our lives on the planet. While issues such as animal experimentation and human overpopulation are noted, the authors maintain a tone of purposeful optimism and argue for persistence, courage, and hope. One of the great strengths of the book lies in its ability to make the authors' goals seem achievable on a human scale, with numerous stories of ordinary individuals who have contributed in some small way to relieving animal suffering. The authors emphasize how children, too, can play an active part, highlighting Goodall's own Roots and Shoots program. These encouraging examples will resonate with kids, parents, and teachers. While many of the ideas in this volume have been have been expressed elsewhere, they probably can't be repeated often enough, and the stature and generous vision of these authors makes their work especially poignant, accessible, and inspiring. Deirdre Mullane