Daisy to the Rescue

True Stories of Daring Dogs, Paramedic Parrots, and Other Animal Heroes

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

With their love and companionship, animals of all species help to make human lives better every day. But sometimes, to our utter amazement and everlasting gratitude, animals literally save our lives. This heartwarming book collects over 50 real-life stories in which the actions of animals have meant the difference between life and death. Today, scientists vigorously debate questions regarding the sentience, intelligence, and emotions of animals. In particular, they want to know whether animals share with humans the highest emotions of empathy, compassion, and altruism. Daisy to the Rescue poses these questions for readers to consider, and examines these extreme life-saving situations for possible evidence. Gathered together, these stories make a compelling case for the presence of altruism in animals. Daisy to the Rescue provides dramatic, thrilling, and moving stories that convey a hopeful message about our world. But these stories also provide startling evidence of the mental and emotional capacities of animals, those beings we share the world with.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Young Adult
Category Animals
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2019-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN003000, YAN039000, YAN024070
Features Awards, Foreword, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Source notes

Author: Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell has published two previous young adult books about animals: Daisy to the Rescue (a 2015 IPPY gold medal winner), about animals saving human lives and the science of animal intelligence; and Last of the Giants (a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection), about conservation and our current extinction crisis. For twelve years, Jeff was an award-winning travel writer for Lonely Planet, and he's also a book editor and creative writing teacher. He is based in Morristown, New Jersey.

Illustrator: Ramsey Beyer

Ramsey Beyer is a comic artist and freelance illustrator living in Philadelphia. She is the author and illustrator of two autobiographical graphic novels, Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year, and Year One. Beyer has also been published in several books, including Fanzines by Teal Triggs, Make a Zine!, and Don't Leave Your Friends Behind.

Awards

  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nominee, Nominated, 2015
  • Cybils Nominee, Long-listed, 2014

Reviews

Booklist

“Individual stories of animal derring-do, illustrated with pencil portraits, make for quick, compelling reads that prompt the reader to wonder what really goes on in an animal’s head and heart. Give this to anyone from middle school to adult who shares that curiosity.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Overflowing with information, fascinating tales and thought-provoking information; give it to animal-loving middle graders on up.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Well-documented cases of animals rescuing men, women, and children are recounted with precision . . .”—School Library Journal