John Muir’s Book of Animals

Muir’s wondrous menagerie

Many of John Muir’s most vivid and memorable stories celebrate his encounters with animals. Whether breakfasting with deer, attempting to scare off a black bear, or musing upon the ferocity of ants, Muir looks upon the animal world with amazement and affection, and the power of his words, the freshness of his thinking, the keenness of his perceptions, and the depth of his passion continue to inspire the same in readers today. Drawing from longtime favorites such as Stickeen as well as from less familiar books, letters, articles, and journals, John Muir’s Book of Animals presents us with twenty-seven of Muir’s most compelling stories and vibrant descriptions. Sumptuous illustrations by Lisel Jane Ashlock add to our amazement and delight.

Reviews

“John Muir’s Book of Animals is a joy to browse. Highly recommended, especially for nature lovers!”—Midwest Book Review

About the Author and Illustrator

John Muir (1838–1914) was a naturalist, author, and advocate for wilderness preservation. A prolific writer, his many books, essays, and letters abound with wit, humor, and an exuberant love of the natural world.
Lisel Jane Ashlock is an illustrator and painter living in Brooklyn, New York. Whether working with acrylic on birch panel, drawing with pencil and watercolor, or working digitally, she executes each project with a sensitivity to and celebration of the natural world. Lisel has received several illustration awards and accolades. Her work can be seen in various national publications, books, and advertising projects.