I came away with a new appreciation of human childhood and I highly recommend Dr. Crain's inspiring book to a broad audience. Indeed, we can learn valuable lessons from other animals about friendship, respect, empathy, trust, compassion, and love, and also learn valuable lessons about youngsters, future ambassadors for animals and nature in general. Children need to be taught well and I hope teachers will take the time to read The Emotional Lives of Animals & Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary.
The special issue of Time magazine also is an easy read and is well-illustrated, and covers a wide spectrum of current research on animal cognition and animal emotions. I'm thrilled that the general public will be exposed to what we know about animal minds and their rich and deep emotional lives. Section titles include "Animals have brains, but do they have minds?", The power of the pack: life in animal society", "Animal Architecture", "Animals aren't supposed to feel grief. But if this isn't mourning, what is it?", "Mental illness is not just for humans," "Do unto others: What rights do animals have?", and "People love dogs and hate rats: what that says about them -- and us".