Most pet owners would put forth the idea that their pet shares some human qualities, such as loyalty and faithfulness. This book makes the case for “feelings” in animals in the wild, as well. Grief, compassion, deceitfulness, cleverness, love of beauty, and many more attributes usually associated only with humans are shown in various animals — and not only those mammals most closely linked with humans. The book is well laid out with each attribute defined for young readers. Several examples of the way in which the quality appears in different animals are given. The illustrations maintain interest for even the youngest listeners, and questions are raised to encourage further discussion. This is an excellent resource for parents and teachers looking for ways to initiate discussions with children about what qualities are important to us — human and animal.
— American Booksellers Association – “Kids’ Pick of the Lists” – April 2000
David Rice’s 32-page book Do Animals Have Feelings Too? features short accounts of documented animal behaviors that suggest animals have a range of emotions very much like those of humans. Its tone of unsentimental respect for animals in their own right makes it one of a group of important resources that are building a long overdue awareness of animal sensitivity and feeling. My mixed class of 12 to 14 year-old students listened attentively to the stories and eagerly shared their own experiences of witnessing animals’ demonstrations of feelings such as sadness, joy, anger and compassion.
— Green Teacher – Alanda Greene (Spring 2002)
This is an excellent resource for parents and teachers looking for ways to initiate discussions with children about what qualities are important to us – human and animal.
— Bookselling This Week
This book explores the rich emotional lives of animals, using anecdotes to show that countless species experience many of the same feelings we do. David L. Rice takes a matter-of-fact approach to showing that chimpanzees can be compassionate and orcas can be vengeful – and Trudy Calvert’s wonderful illustrations bring the stories to life.
— Super Vegan – 10 Great Books for Vegan Kids (June 2010)
Mr. Rice’s anecdotes are at once funny and touching – and by implication, they touch on the ways that people treat animals unkindly. Under the heading of “Joy,” for example, he recounts an incident where a young circus elephant observed children playing on the swings and tried to join in the fun by trying to sit on one of the swings and tried to join in the fun by trying to sit on one of the swings herself. Why, children might ask, are elephants forced to perform – and how do they get from place to place?
— Vegbooks: Reviews of Kids Books & Movies (November 2009)
Do Animals Have Feelings Too?, written by David L. Rice and illustrated by Trudy Calvert, explores emotions such as loyalty, love, joy, grief, intelligence, and even deceit displayed by animals. Did you know that bears and chimps have been observed sitting quietly to watch a beautiful sunset? That Alaskan bison love to skate across frozen lakes? In an astounding demonstration of cleverness, a zoo monkey routinely used a banana to bribe a moose to carry him across the moat designed to keep him confined to a small island. Each page is jammed full of fascinating animal anecdotes that will tickle the fancy of readers of all ages.
— California Kids! (January 2001)
This book for ages 4-12 explores recent scientific observations that says animals have feelings quite similar to human feelings. The book provides many often heartwarming examples of animal behavior that kids can relate to.
— Clearing Magazine (Fall 2000)