The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

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Author: Diane Ackerman
Genre: History
Pages: 368
Category: 42. Read a book that features animals
Format: Paper

So this one is based on a true story, set during World War II in Poland. It’s a pretty sad story but also incredibly interesting.

This was also made into a movie this year which is why it was on my list oddly enough. I was tossing up between this and A Dog’s Purpose but it received a lot of bad press regarding the treatment of animals so I picked this instead.

Honestly though, the hardest part reading this was the treatment of the animals during the war. This isn’t something I had put a lot of thought into prior to reading this book but it’s such a horrible thing to read about. Animals either dying or getting out of their enclosures and then being shot during a bombing.

It’s definitely a book that is worth reading and I’ll be checking out the movie when I have a chance too

Rating: 3/5 stars

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Title: Pete’s Dragon au_movie_poster_petesdragon_3f223dac
Year: 2016
Director: David Lowery
Genre: Family
Date Watched: June 10th 2017
Category: #39 A movie about animals

I have no idea if I ever saw the animated version of this as a kid but it sounds like just the type of thing I would’ve loved. Either way, I don’t remember seeing it so there will be no comparison of the two here.

I really loved this movie in part because the dragon is really just a giant green dog which is so adorable. I find it kind of hard to believe that a kid could get lost for so long and survive so long with just a dragon for help but at the same time, it’s kind of believable too.

In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about because you’ve never heard anything about this movie. The premise is that a young boy (Pete) is in a car crash in which his parents die and he runs off into the forest  where he comes across a giant green dragon who he befriends and helps him survive. It’s several years later that he is found by adults who obviously want him to join a regular family and go to school like a normal kid. I won’t give away anymore than that.

As much as I loved this movie I’m not sure I would’ve loved it when I was a kid. It was a little slow to get started and a bit more serious than most kids movies you will see. So just keep that in mind if you’re sitting down to watch it with kids. It’s a little dark and probably aimed at kids a little older than the original would’ve been.

Rating: 4/5 stars.