Ranch of Dreams: The Heartwarming Story of America's Most Unusual Animal Sanctuary by Cleveland Amory
After reading Black Beauty as a child, Cleveland Amory dreamed that some day he would have a ranch where animals would not be abused, but rather would, like that famous horse, end their days roaming proud and free. Many people know that for decades Amory has worked tirelessly on the behalf of animals as the founder of The Fund for Animals and that he first confessed to being adopted by a stray cat himself in The Cat Who Came for Christmas, the bestselling cat book of all time. But few know that Amory did in fact realize his childhood ambition by establishing the Black Beauty Ranch in East Texas. Now he shares, in his all-but-patented combination of humor and warmth, the remarkable stories of these rescuees. Over the years countless animals who have been mistreated or simply found inconvenient have been saved from death's door at this unique sanctuary. Wild burros from the Grand Canyon have been rescued from massacre. Goats from San Clemente Island have been saved from U.S. Navy guns. Nim, the talking chimpanzee and perhaps the oems, letters to children (and one written by Dahl as a boy), recipes, inventions, songs, a Christmas card, and even a postage stamp of The BFG. While some of the best-loved illustrations of his work have been included, there is also much original artwork. Artists featured include Quentin Blake, Lane Smith, Raymond Briggs, and Anthony Browne. Lavishly produced and illustrated in full color throughout, The Roald Dahl Treasury is a collector's item that can be pored over for hours, read and reread. It is a book that will become a cherished possession and a classic in the family library.