Popular Books on Animals

 

Animals are our partners on earth, sharing the warmth of the sun and the breeze of the rushing winds with us. By definition, Animals are organisms belonging to the Animalia Kingdom. There are thousands of species of Animals known to humans today, each one with its unique features and behavior, living in a particular region with its favorable climate, surviving throughout their life. There is a lot to learn about animals even from animals. Knowing about flora and fauna around us and of the world brings us closer to nature. And the best knowledge comes from books.

Following is a list of ten most popular books on animals. If you are interested in knowing more about animals, you can go through the following bestsellers related to animals and choose one for your study, interest or know more about animals.

 

Animals Encyclopaedia

This book is written by Lucy H. Spelman gives the account of over 2,500 animals, with photos, maps and amazing facts about animals.

Read it For:
The book is entertaining with tons of information. You will get to know about diet, habits, size and more about each particular animal, making it one of the best books on animals to read.
Don't Read it For:
This book is good for kids but does not contain deep information about animals.
What makes this book stand out?:
Animals are here arranged by taxonomy with each particular section including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates along with both common names and scientific names.

Animal farm

This book is written by George Orwell. It is an allegorical novella published in England in 1945. In the book Old Major, an old boar in Manor Farm summons animals on the farm and refers to humans as enemies.

Read it For:
Orwell said that the book reflects on events leading up to Russian revolution (1917) and then to the Stalinist era of Soviet Union.
Don't Read it For:
Though the book is very entertaining and humorous but is not informative. It is a good read as a satire and allegory.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a satirical tale against Joseph Stalin, according to Orwell.

Animal

This book is written by David Burnie. It is a non-fiction coffee-table book. The chapters in the book are divided into different sections, each one of them covering a specific topic related to animals or class of animals.

Read it For:
The book explains how animals are classified. It also talks about their behavior, life cycle, and habitats.
Don't Read it For:
The book is good for conversations and contains basic pieces of information.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book, one of the popular books on animals, is printed in full gloss paper and is a great work to start conversations and discussions.

The Jungle Book

This book is written by English author Rudyard Kipling. This book is a collection of short stories of imaginary characters based on animals.

Read it For:
The story illustrates the freedom to move between two worlds, it teaches respect for authority and obedience. This is one of the 10 best-selling books on animals of all times.
Don't Read it For:
This book as a work of fiction is very entertaining and interesting but does not follow the scientific behavior of animals, thus does not give knowledge about animals.
What makes this book stand out?:
The major theme of the book is abandonment and Fostering.
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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

This book is written by Frank De Waal. It contains deep knowledge and information regarding the intelligence of animals.

Read it For:
This book is based on research involving animals like crows, dolphins, parrot, etc; through this research, the book explores the depth and scope of intelligence in animals.
Don't Read it For:
This book is based on research involving animals like crows, dolphins, parrot, etc; through this research, the book explores the depth and scope of intelligence in animals.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book explores a whole new subject of intelligence in animals, thus teaches you a lot.

The Case For Animals Right

This book is written by American Philosopher Tom Regan. In this book, the author gives the argument that animals too have moral rights because they are the subjects-of-a-life.

Read it For:
The book talks about the moral stature of animal rights based on author’s views. Through the book, the author argues over the availability of animals rights through contracts.
Don't Read it For:
The book is considered to be too abstract and too contentious. The relation between theory and practice is oversimplified. The book pays more attention in criticising and arguments than the complexities of the world.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author presses the point of moral rights being adhered to animals whether or not they are recognized.

Striking At The Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism

This non-fiction book is written by Mark Hawthorne. Through this book, the author examines different strategies for animal activism in different countries like Australia, Canada, and the USA.

Read it For:
Through this book, more than 100 animal activists discuss the model of activism for advancing animal right and welfare.
Don't Read it For:
The book expresses some strict ways of life in support of animal activism.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book carries a broad range of activist models which makes it one of the best reads among the top 10 books on animals.

History of Animals

This book is written by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.

Read it For:
This is a pioneering work by Aristotle of zoology through which Aristotle is investigating certain characteristics of animals and trying to discover the reasons behind such characteristics.
Don't Read it For:
The book is very descriptive and ancient, thus requires a deep thorough study.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book was written in fourth century BC, which applies philosophy to the natural world of animals.

The Best Book of Endangered and Extinct Animals

This book is written by Christiane Gunzi . This book contains information about many endangered and extinct animals

Read it For:
This book also accounts animals that are under threat of extinction.
Don't Read it For:
The book contains a lot of animals but the information about animals is not satisfying.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book accounts endangered and extinct animals thoroughly including dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures.

Animal Liberation: A New Ethics For Our Treatment of Animals

This book is written by Australian philosopher Peter Singer.

Read it For:
The Central argument Singer uses is the expansion of the utilitarian idea of “the greatest good” being the only measure of ethical behaviour. And this principle should be applied on animals also.
Don't Read it For:
The book could make the reader rationalise his ways, but Utilitarianism could not be the only focus in the liberation of animals.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is considered within animal rights movement.

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