Beastly brains [electronic resource] : Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel. Nancy F Castaldo.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: In Beastly Brains, Nancy Castaldo delves into the minds of animals and explores animal empathy, communication, tool use, and social societies through interviews and historical anecdotes. Researchers from Charles Darwin to Jane Goodall have spent years analyzing the minds of animals, and today's science is revolutionizing old theories and uncovering surprising similarities to our own minds. Humans are not alone in our ability to think about ourselves, make plans, help each other, or even participate in deception. You'll think differently about the animals on this planet—maybe it's their world and we're just living in it!
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      Narrator: Charon Normand-Widmer.
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    • ISBN:
      9781520064901 (sound recording)
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Booklist Reviews - Audio And Video Online Reviews 1991-2018

Do animals feel emotions? Can birds solve puzzles? These are a few of the questions Castaldo addresses in Beastly Brains. Delving into scientific studies, historical anecdotes, and an explanation of the scientific method, she encourages listeners to expand their ideas about how animals feel and interact with the world around them. This provides an excellent starting point for budding scientific minds and offers many resources to encourage listeners to get involved and start scientifically exploring their surroundings. Normand-Widmer's scientific background is evident in her reading, and it is apparent to the listener that she is interested in the material being presented. Her voice is soothing, occasionally even bordering on soporific, and lends itself to a clear narrative that is well paced and clearly enunciated. The audiobook is intriguing as a stand-alone product but is perhaps best paired with the print book to take advantage of illustrations and sidebars. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.