The Emotional Lives of Animals & Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary


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Turning Stone Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.38 inches | 0.48 pounds

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About the Author

William Crain is a professor of psychology at The City College of New York. He is the author of the textbook Theories of Development, now in its 6th edition, and Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our AchievementOriented Society. A social activist, Crain works to broaden access to higher education and to defend animals. He and his wife, Ellen, are founders of Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag, NY, and the East Hampton Group for Wildlife. Visit Bill, Ellen and their animals online at


"In today's world, it is easy for us to forget how important contact with nature is for children's emotional and spiritual development. This profound and beautiful book reminds us and shows how contact with animals can foster children's compassion and enlarge their humanity." John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution and Diet for a New America--Reviews
"Dr. Crain's short, uptodate, easytoread, wellresearched, and wellwritten book is a gem. . . I was continually fascinated by how his observations of the wide array of emotions displayed by the rescued animals informed his view of the emotional lives of young children." Marc Bekoff for Psychology Today--Reviews
"Society too often turns its back on the voiceless and the disenfranchised. With a powerful combination of tenderness and keen professional insight, William Crain peels back the veneer of social norms to explore how children and animals share a number of fascinating behavioral traits arising from their common sense of vulnerability. A series of poignant vignettes shows how the author's personal experiences have changed his own outlook. If you have children or animals in your life, you'll appreciate Crain's superb ability to explain the clinical underpinnings of their complex personalities in a way anyone can easily understand. Now let's hope we can heed his timely wisdom and better protect those entrusted to our stewardship." ?David Robinson Simon, author of Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much--and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter--Reviews
"Once again, Bill Crain has developed an original conversation that we all need to join. At last 21stcentury scientists and humanists are dedicating serious research to the souls of animals and our relationship to these earthly companions. Children can teach us about how to relate with innocence and empathy to the animated world. Magisterial yet modest in tone, this guide is filled with meditations, anecdotes, photographs, and scientific data that manifest our neglected powers to live fully." Elizabeth Goodenough, author of Secret Spaces of Childhood--Reviews
" . . . will be of particular interest to parents, teachers, and anyone engaging with young children." --Robin Lamontb for Our Hen House--Reviews
"William Crain reminds us that human beings share deep bonds with nonhuman animals and illustrates how our lives can be enriched through reawakening this connection. How we treat other animals is a reflection of who we are." -Gene Baur, President and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary and author, Farm Sanctuary, Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food--Reviews
"Bill Crain writes insightfully and with feeling." --Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns Online--Reviews
"Bill Crain takes us on a moving personal journey into the territory of our thought when we were young, a territory which most of us have not since taken the time to explore." --Roger Hart, Professor, Graduate Center, The City University of New York--Reviews