Animal Feelings (The Secret Life of Animals)

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Do animals cry? Do they experience love, jealousy and anger? Most animals cannot describe their feelings but they do seem to have an emotional life, even if it is a secret one. We can't tell for certain what animals are feeling, but we can learn more and more about their intriguing world by studying how they behave and comparing their actions to our own.

Animal Feelings is the second title in The Secret Life of Animals series. In this fascinating book, children are introduced to animals from around the world, and to amazing new research on animal behavior. Author Sylvia Funston combines scientific theories with incredible real-life stories that show animals acting as if they are afraid or happy, ashamed or sad, cruel or kind.

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Sylvia Funston, former editor-in-chief of OWL and Chickadee Magazines, is a multi-award-winning science author and editor. In 1994, she and co-author Jay Ingram won the prestigious Science in Society Award for A Kid's Guide to the Brain. She is also the author of the popular Strange Science series. Sylvia's work has been honored with several Parents' Choice and EDPRESS awards of excellence.

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paper 1-895688-81-7 If a dolphin looks like it is having fun, or a cat appears to enjoy torturing a mouse before a kill, is there any way humans can discern if the animals are experiencing emotions? There's still much scientists don't know, but in recent years, the longstanding belief that animals don't have emotions has been challenged. This is especially true in studies involving animals with higher levels of intelligence, e.g., chimps, dolphins, and crows. Funston explores incidents in which an imals seemed to display emotion; she is level-headed in her approach, explaining how dolphins smile (it's all in the shape of their mouths) and how cats batting mice around are simply programmed to hunt. Other cases may not be so clear-cut. There are fasc inating examples, e.g., of chimp self-awareness when they recognize their own reflections in the mirror, of animals ``helping'' others, and some evidence of hope, fear, and other emotions that were previously considered solely the province of humans. Larg e full-color photographs and illustrations display some of the intriguing possibilities of animals and the prospect of their ``emotions.'' Guaranteed to be a hit. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights re served.

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