Why the Wild Things Are by Gail F. Melson
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Why the Wild Things Are
By Gail F. Melson

Why the Wild Things Are

Animals in the Lives of Children

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Why the Wild Things Are by Gail F. Melson

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Whether they see themselves as King of the Wild Things or protector of Toto, children live in a world filled with animals--both real and imaginary. From Black Beauty to Barney, animal characters romp through children's books, cartoons, videos, and computer games. As Gail Melson tells us, more than three-quarters of all children in America live with pets and are now more likely to grow up with a pet than with both parents. She explores not only the therapeutic power of pet-owning for children with emotional or physical handicaps but also the ways in which zoo and farm animals, and even certain purple television characters, become confidants or teachers for children--and sometimes, tragically, their victims. Yet perhaps because animals are ubiquitous, what they really mean to children, for better and for worse, has been unexplored territory. Why the Wild Things Are is the first book to examine children's many connections to animals and to explore their developmental significance. What does it mean that children's earliest dreams are of animals? What is the unique gift that a puppy can give to a boy? Drawing on psychological research, history, and children's media, Why the Wild Things Are explores the growth of the human-animal connection. In chapters on children's emotional ties to their pets, the cognitive challenges of animal contacts, animal symbols as building blocks of the self, and pointless cruelty to animals, Melson shows how children's innate interest in animals is shaped by their families and their social worlds, and may in turn shape the kind of people they will become.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674017528
ISBN-10: 0674017528
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gail F. Melson

Gail F. Melson is Professor of Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.

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