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Acknowledgments Mom, my earliest memories are filled with seeing you care for our pets,
hearing you talk to the birds outside, and sensing the love you felt toward all
animals. From you I learned how animals can fill up a heart with tenderness
and joy. What a gift.
Dad, thanks for encouraging and believing in my writing since I could
hold a pen.
Much to my delight, some of my heroes and sources of great inspiration
were willing to talk with me about this project, hear my ideas, and welcome
the addition of this book to the growing collection of work on children and
animals: Tanya K. Bailey, MSW, LICSW, animal-assisted interaction program
specialist at the University of Minnesota; Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado; Louise Chawla,
professor at the University of Colorado; Stephen Kellert at Yale University;
Gail F. Melson, professor emerita in the Department of Human Develop-
ment and Family Studies at Purdue University; Gene Myers, professor at
Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University; Meg
Daley Olmert, author of Made for Each Other; Carol Saunders, PhD, Antioch
University, New England; and Zoe Weil, Institute for Humane Education.
Throughout this work I have benefited greatly from the support and feed-
back of many colleagues, among them Peggy Ashbrook, author of Science Is
Simple; David Becker, senior manager of learning experiences at the Chicago
Zoological Society; Pete Cleary, Dodge Nature Preschool; Molly DePrekel;
Lars Erdahl, longtime education director at the Minnesota Zoo; Ken Finch,
Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood; Seth Hayden, director of
the Children’s Country Day School; Cindy Hoisington, Pre-K senior asso-
ciate, science curriculum and professional development at the Education
Development Center in Waltham, Massachusetts; and Jan Welsh, education
specialist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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