Wild Chorus: Finding Harmony with Whales, Wolves, and Other Animals

Mountaineers Bks. Apr. 2024. 240p. ISBN 9781680516647. $24.95. SCI
Award-winning nature writer Peterson’s (Wild Orca: The Oldest, Wisest Whale in the World) new book of essays explores her relationship with animals and the natural world and the wisdom that humans can glean from them. She explains that her love of nature writing came largely from her father, a forest ranger, from whom she learned that all living creatures and participants in nature have meaning, value, and purpose. Personal experience led her to discover that most wildlife can work together with people in a positive manner. Other essays in this book draw upon her encounters with wild animals (whales, dolphins, wolves, bears) to illustrate how people can learn from wildlife about improving the environment and the overall well-being of humans.
VERDICT At first glance, this book seems like a plea from an activist, but it’s far more than that. Peterson’s writing style and her intimately told stories about how animals and people can jointly navigate the planet have the ability to draw readers in and leave them with hope about the future of the world.
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