Our Animal Neighbors


Compassion for Every Furry, Slimy, Prickly Creature on Earth

by Matthieu Ricard and Jason Gruhl
illustrated by Becca Hall 

A story about the fundamental connection between animals and people and how we can treat all of Earth’s creatures with compassion and empathy.

Furry polar bears, playful sea otters, slow sloths, prickly porcupines, and slimy snakes are just a few of the many animals we share our world with. And even though we might not look the same or have the same needs as our animal neighbors, we have more in common with them than we might think. Our Animal Neighbors introduces children to the importance of treating all animals with the care and compassion they deserve. We all want to experience love, safety, and respect and this book is the first step to instilling those values at an early age. This planet is our home, and we should all be free to live a prosperous life regardless of whether we have hands, hooves, scales, or fur.

“A serious message delivered with humor, simplicity, and charm makes this book an excellent purchase for families that value open-ended discussions. Also a good resource for classrooms and libraries that welcome diverse opinions and points of view.”—School Library Journal

Ages 4 to 8 years
Hardcover | 32 pages | Bala Kids; Illustrated edition | 2020

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